Friday, 31 July 2015 05:32

Who -- Or What -- Is Trust Navigator?

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As the University of Akron eliminated more than 213 jobs this week including over 50 jobs in its Department of Student Success, board of trustees also approved a move to spend $843,000 on a company that would provide "success coaches" for students.

But details on the company delivering those "coaches" remains limited with the exception of a single article on the website FreshWaterCleveland.com published last month or the company's own website. Trust Navigator searches respond with links directly to the company's website or background on some of the key staff listed by the company.

On Monday, board of trustees approved plans to enter an agreement with Trust Navigator, LLC, a not-for-profit organization based out of Mayfield Heights, to provide coaches to work "closely with this fall’s incoming freshman class." The package of layoffs approved by Trustees included deep cuts in the existing "student success" bureaucracy at the University.

According to Trust Navigator's website, the coaches are "assigned to a student until graduation" focusing on "academic success and retention." While those goals are in line with UA's mission to focus on student success, there is little known about Trust Navigator's prior clients or experience in the educational field. In examining the Trust Navigator website there are no references to existing clients or events. WAKR.net reached out to UA officials for comment, but our request was acknowledged by a University spokesperson who noted key individuals who could answer any inquiry were on vacation and would not be available until next week. WAKR has requested copies of documents presented to the University of Akron Board of Trustees outlining the student success agreement and the contact between the firm and University as well as other documents which may provide other information about Trust Navigator's experience.

TrustNavigatorPostcardTrust Navigator's website does include some information regarding the past experience of those directly involved in the organization, including Trust Navigator's Chief Ambassador, Tom Roulston. He's listed as the “ideas man” behind the company with "30 years of entrepreneurial experience." Roulston currently runs two companies, Roulston Buyside Research and Thomas Roulston Investment Partners.

Rob Reho, Chief Operations Ambassador, has more than 32 years of "experience in marketing and operations management." According to the company's website, Reho graduated from the University of Akron with a bachelor’s degree in Business and Organizational Communications and completed his MBA at Kent State University. He serves as the interim General Manager for Flohr Machine and is the owner of Executive Marketing Plus.Reho returned our calls but was unable to provide additional information, explaining he was also on vacation this week but would be in a position to provide more background next week.

In the position of Communications and Curriculum Ambassador, the first staffer recognized on the website, Grace Roulston, is listed as a graduate from Ohio University with a Major in Communications and a Minor in Film Studies. According to the website, she worked in marketing for Save Local Now, a startup company where she gained "experience working with entrepreneurs and getting to learn about a variety of small businesses." The website was revised Thursday afternoon to list Anna Zeller instead of Roulston in the position of "Chief Envoy Ambassador" with a qualification listing her college career at Allegheny College and the University of Akron where she also played on the women's soccer team. A graduate Summa Cum Laude with a Major in History and a Minor in Art history, Zeller "...accepted the opportunity to work at Trust Navigator and help other college students maximize their educational experience' according to the website.

Details in regards to Trust Navigator's history is limited, but a quick search revealed that in a 2005 revised disclosure form, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) listed Trust Navigator, LLC as an investment adviser --- but is now listed as "NOT currently registered and is NOT filing reports with the SEC or any state." Kenneth A. Louard, former director of operations and chief counsel with the Cleveland Browns, and Tom Roulston were listed in the SEC filing as managing partners.

Louard is currently the director of business development at Grain Management, LLC in Sarasota, Florida.WAKR.net searched for more information on Louard; there were three LinkedIn profiles for a Ken or Kenneth Louard and all appear to be of the same person with business interests in northeast Ohio and affiliation with an investment and equity firm in Sarasota, Florida. In one, the Harvard Business School educated Louard is listed as the owner of Trust Navigator, LLC. A more comprehensive listing shows Louard as a Director of Grain Management LLC of Sarasota since August 2012. Grain Management is listed as a private equity firm specializing in media and communications sectors with two flagship funds managing "...a number of the country’s leading academic institutions, endowments, and public pension funds." Louard's LinkedIn resume also includes more than seven years with the Cleveland Browns serving as Director of Operations and Chief Counsel and as partner for more than three years with the Cleveland-based law firm of Gonzalez, Saggio and Harlan.

Earnings at Akron-based FirstEnergy nearly tripled in the second quarter over last year, according to its earnings report.

The increase was from 64-million dollars in last year's second quarter to 187-million dollars in the second quarter of 2015.

In a news release, FirstEnergy president/CEO Charles Jones says the results exceed the company's expectations.

Jones cited the company's Cash Flow Improvement project, which are expected to result in cash savings of 240-million dollars by 2017...higher than FirstEnergy had expected.

(FirstEnergy, news release) FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) today reported second quarter 2015 operating (non-GAAP) earnings* of $0.53 per basic share of common stock. These results exclude the impact of the special items listed below, and compare to 2014 second quarter operating (non-GAAP) earnings of $0.49 per basic share of common stock.

GAAP earnings for the second quarter of 2015 were $187 million, or $0.44 per basic and diluted share of common stock, on revenue of $3.5 billion. For the second quarter of 2014, GAAP earnings were $64 million, or $0.16 per basic share of common stock ($0.15 diluted), on revenue of $3.5 billion.

FirstEnergy also reaffirmed its full-year 2015 operating (non-GAAP) earnings guidance of $2.40 to $2.70 per basic share, and provided a third quarter 2015 operating earnings guidance range of $0.82 to $0.92 per basic share.

"Our strong second quarter results are better than our expectations, and at this time we are comfortable at the top end of our 2015 guidance range," said Charles E. Jones, FirstEnergy president and chief executive officer. "We remain focused on implementing our regulated growth initiatives and our Cash Flow Improvement Project, which was launched in April. I'm pleased that the opportunities we have identified as part of that project are expected to result in cash savings of $240 million by 2017, exceeding our original targets."

In FirstEnergy's Regulated Distribution business, second quarter 2015 operating earnings were flat compared to the same period in 2014, as the benefit of higher distribution revenues and the impact of approved rate cases, net of incremental expenses, were offset by higher regulated generation operating expenses and a higher effective income tax rate.

Total second quarter distribution deliveries decreased less than 1 percent compared to the second quarter of 2014, primarily reflecting lower usage by customers resulting, in part, from energy efficiency mandates. Commercial deliveries increased 1 percent, while sales decreased 1 percent in both the residential and industrial sectors.

In the Regulated Transmission business, second quarter 2015 operating earnings increased due to higher transmission revenues related to the company's Energizing the Future transmission program, and incremental rate base recovery at ATSI associated with its "forward-looking" rate structure that began in January 2015. This was slightly offset by increased depreciation and property taxes resulting from a higher asset base as well as increased interest expense.

Operating earnings in the company's Competitive Energy Services segment increased compared to the second quarter of 2014 as a result of lower operating expenses and slightly higher commodity margin. Commodity margin benefited primarily from higher capacity revenues and increased wholesale sales, partially offset by lower contract sales, which decreased 8.1 million megawatt hours, consistent with the company's efforts to reposition its retail sales portfolio.

Operating (non-GAAP) earnings in the first half of 2015 were $1.15 per basic share of common stock. On a GAAP basis, the company reported earnings of $409 million, or $0.97 per basic and diluted share of common stock, on revenue of $7.4 billion for the period. In the first half of 2014, operating (non-GAAP) earnings were $0.87 per basic share of common stock, and GAAP earnings were $272 million, or $0.65 per basic and diluted share of common stock, on revenue of $7.7 billion.

Operating earnings drivers in the first half of the year include stronger results from the company's Regulated Transmission business primarily due to incremental cost of service and rate base recovery at ATSI, and higher commodity margin at Competitive Energy Services due to higher capacity revenue and the absence of extreme market conditions experienced in January 2014 that increased the cost to serve contract sales. Operating results at the company's Regulated Distribution business were flat, as higher sales and the impact of approved rate cases were offset by increased operating expenses. Additionally, the first half of 2015 was impacted by a higher effective tax rate as compared to the same period in 2014.

Consolidated GAAP EPS to Operating (Non-GAAP) EPS* Reconciliation

Second Quarter

Year-To-Date

2015 Estimates

2015

2014

2015

2014

Full Year

Third Quarter

Basic Earnings Per Share (GAAP)

$0.44

$0.16

$0.97

$0.65

$2.13 - $2.43

$0.76 - $0.86

Excluding Special Items*:

Mark-to-market adjustments

(0.01)

0.10

(0.01)

0.07

(0.01)

Regulatory charges

0.02

0.02

0.04

0.03

0.07

0.02

Trust securities impairment

0.02

0.03

0.01

0.03

Impact of non-core asset sales/impairments

0.02

0.01

0.03

(0.17)

0.04

0.01

Plant deactivation costs

0.01

0.12

0.03

0.17

0.03

Merger accounting – commodity contracts

0.02

0.01

0.04

0.03

0.07

0.02

Retail repositioning charges

0.01

0.07

0.02

0.07

0.04

0.01

Loss on debt redemptions

0.01

Total Special Items*

0.09

0.33

0.18

0.22

0.27

0.06

Basic EPS - Operating (Non-GAAP)

$0.53

$0.49

$1.15

$0.87

$2.40 - $2.70

$0.82 - $0.92

Non-GAAP financial measures
*Operating earnings exclude special items as described herein, and is a non-GAAP financial measure. Management uses operating earnings and operating earnings by segment to evaluate the company's performance and manage its operations and frequently references these non-GAAP financial measures in its decision making, using them to facilitate historical and ongoing performance comparisons. Management believes that the non-GAAP financial measure of "operating earnings" provides a consistent and comparable measure of performance of its business to help shareholders understand performance trends. Generally, a non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company's historical or future financial performance, financial position, or cash flows that either excludes or includes amounts that are not normally excluded or included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP). This non-GAAP financial measure is intended to complement, and is not considered as an alternative to, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure. Also, this non-GAAP financial measure may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other entities. Per share amounts for the special items above are based on the after tax effect of each item divided by the weighted average shares outstanding for the period.

Consolidated Report and Teleconference

FirstEnergy's Consolidated Report to the Financial Community, which provides highlights on company developments and financial results for the second quarter and first half of the year, is posted on the company's Investor Information website – www.firstenergycorp.com/ir. To access the report, click on Second Quarter 2015 Consolidated Report to the Financial Community. The company's investor FactBook is also posted to its Investor Information website.

The company invites investors, customers and other interested parties to listen to a live Internet webcast of its teleconference for financial analysts at 10:00 a.m. EDT tomorrow. FirstEnergy management will present an overview of the company's financial results and discuss 2015 earnings guidance, followed by a question-and-answer session. The teleconference can be accessed on the company's website by selecting the Q2 2015 Earnings Conference Call link. The webcast will be archived on the website.

Bond has been set at 1-million-dollars for a Medina man arrested after his toddler daughter's body was found decomposed in his home.

34 year-old Eric Warfel made a video appearance in Medina Municipal Court today/Thursday.

The Medina County Gazette reports that he faces felony charges of abuse of a corpse. The decomposed body of his daughter, Ember, was found by a cable installer in his home on Wednesday.

Police say Warfel told him the girl died in mid-June, and that trash was spread around her room to hide the smell from the body.

Warfel's ex-wife, the girl's mother, lives in New York State.

Further charges are expected.

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On the Web: Medina County Gazette, http://medinagazette.northcoastnow.com/

The 2015 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational starts next week...but next year, it will take place over a month earlier.

The 2016 WGC will be held June 29th through July 3rd next year.

It had to be moved due to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil...golf returns as an olympic event, and the men's golf competition in Rio de Janeiro will be held starting August 11th next year.

The move is a one-time change...the WGC at Firestone Country Club will return to its regular August start in 2017.

(WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, news release) Due to golf's return to the 2016 Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro and the men's competition being held August 11-14, the 2016 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational's traditional August date will shift, and the event will be held at Firestone Country Club on June 29-July 3.

The PGA TOUR today announced the 2015-16 season schedule of 47 FedExCup tournaments, which includes several notable date and golf course changes. This change in date for the 2016 Bridgestone Invitational will be a one-time shift before it returns to the original date the following year.

"All associated with the game are excited to see golf return as an Olympic sport in 2016," said Don Padgett, executive director of the Bridgestone Invitational. "We look forward to celebrating the fact that the games are a year away at this year's tournament and know that in 2016, our fans, sponsors and players will enjoy being at Firestone Country Club from June 29-July 3. Firestone Country Club is traditionally one of the favorite stops for the world's best players each year. We know that the staff at Firestone will have the golf course in pristine condition a few weeks earlier than normal."

Thursday, 30 July 2015 09:50

Teen Expo Tonight At Lock 3

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Up to 2,000 teenagers will take over Lock 3 in downtown Akron tonight for the 9th Annual Teen Expo.

The free event is put together by Akron PeaceMakers. Founder and director Billy Soule says the expo is intended to highlight the organization's work and mission.

"Everyone in our community is responsible for some aspect of our community," said Soule. "A lot of people say our youth is our future, so let's allow them to start building on that future and that's why the PeaceMakers exist."

The expo includes music, feating America's Got Talent finalist Quintavious Johnson, plus an interactive mobile game truck, contests, a free photo booth and airbrush tattoos.  

The event is open to teens who are not members of PeaceMakers. In fact, most the organization has about 100 active and alumni while the expo attracted 700 people its first year.

"And as we grew stronger, it grew to over 1,000, 1,200, 1,500 young people," said Soule. "It's one of the few events in our community that's designed especially for middle and high school students."

He's expecting up to 2,000 tonight.

The Teen Expo runs from 5:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 17:40

Yes, Whole Foods Is Coming To Akron

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You can make it official - a Whole Foods Market is coming to Akron.

The developer at the West Point Marketplace location hasn't yet confirmed that the national specialty grocery chain will come to the development that will replace the current West Point Market.

Whole Foods let the cat of the bag in its earnings report released Wednesday...saying it signed leases for eight new stores, including one in Akron. Four of the new stores, including the Akron location, are traditional Whole Foods stores that the report says average 48,000 square feet.

Quoting from the report:

"The Company recently signed eight new leases for four Whole Foods Market and four 365 by Whole Foods Market stores. In addition, the Company has renegotiated one lease in development, converting it from a Whole Foods Market
to a 365 by Whole Foods Market store. The Whole Foods Market leases average 48,000 square feet and are located in Akron, OH; Exton, PA; Charleston, SC; and Kirkland, WA."

The Whole Foods location in Akron was confirmed in mid-May by Ward 8 Akron City Council member Marilyn Keith on WAKR's Jasen Sokol Show.

Two other buildings will be built for other tenants on the current West Point Market site.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 12:11

See The List Of UA Eliminated Positions

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Here is the list of positions eliminated as a result of the budget cuts at The University of Akron, along with their annual pay and value of fringe benefits. Associate Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Wayne Hill notes that of the 213 eliminated positions, 161 were filled and will result in layoffs while the rest were vacant positions.

  Classification College/VP Location & Unit Ann + Fringe  
1 Acting Dir, Data & Technology Buchtel College of Arts & Sci/A&S Dean's Office              23,560  
2 Asst to Dean, Comm Engmt & Dev Buchtel College of Arts & Sci/A&S Dean's Office            113,275  
3 AssttoDeanStu&AdminAff-A&S Buchtel College of Arts & Sci/A&S Dean's Office            118,734  
4 Administrative Secretary College of Applied Sci & Tech/Business & Info Technology              25,141  
5 Academic Adviser II College of Applied Sci & Tech/Coll of Appl Sci & Tech Dean's              32,881  
6 Academic Adviser II College of Applied Sci & Tech/Coll of Appl Sci & Tech Dean's              32,576  
7 Administrative Assistant College of Applied Sci & Tech/Coll of Appl Sci & Tech Dean's              40,854  
8 Secretary College of Applied Sci & Tech/Engineering & Science Tech              22,760  
9 Office Assistant College of Applied Sci & Tech/Trng Ctr, Fire & Haz Mtrls              25,161  
10 Co-Op Coord College of Engineering/Co-op              43,000  
11 Asst to Director, IPE College of Polymer Sci & Engr/Institute, Polymer Engineering              87,358 *
12 Engineering Technician Sr College of Polymer Sci & Engr/Institute, Polymer Engineering              73,950 *
13 Engineering Technician Sr College of Polymer Sci & Engr/Institute, Polymer Engineering              79,442  
14 Engineering Technician Sr College of Polymer Sci & Engr/Institute, Polymer Science              71,379 *
15 Student Services Counselor Division of Student Success/Admissions              63,326  
16 Student Services Counselor Division of Student Success/Admissions              49,485  
17 Student Services Counselor Division of Student Success/Admissions              57,269  
18 Student Services Counselor Division of Student Success/Admissions              57,602  
19 Secretary Division of Student Success/Associated Student Government              55,543  
20 Administrative Secretary Division of Student Success/Counseling & Testing Center              60,812  
21 Academic Adviser I Division of Student Success/Ctr Acad Advising & Stu Succ              29,277  
22 Asst Dir, Acad Advisement Ctr Division of Student Success/Ctr Acad Advising & Stu Succ              62,779  
23 Asst VP, Student Success Division of Student Success/Ctr Acad Advising & Stu Succ            122,828  
24 Office Manager Division of Student Success/Ctr Acad Advising & Stu Succ              44,822  
25 Sr Business Analyst Division of Student Success/Ctr Acad Advising & Stu Succ              77,226  
26 Coord Developmental Progs Supp Division of Student Success/Developmental Programs              43,398  
27 Asst Dir, Stu Health Srvs Division of Student Success/Health Services              73,393  
28 Assoc Dir, Multi Dev Progs Division of Student Success/Multicultural Development              62,779  
29 Departmental Records Spec Division of Student Success/New Student Orientation              44,519  
30 Assoc Dir, Rec & Wlns Srvs Opr Division of Student Success/Ocasek Natatorium              84,942  
31 Administrative Assistant Division of Student Success/Off-Campus Student Services              65,900  
32 Asst Dir, Commuter Central Division of Student Success/Off-Campus Student Services              70,446  
33 Asst Dir, Off Campus Stu Srvc Division of Student Success/Off-Campus Student Services              51,861  
34 Dir, Off Campus Stu Svcs Division of Student Success/Off-Campus Student Services              95,533  
35 Office Manager-Accessibility Division of Student Success/Office of Accessibility              67,899  
36 Administrative Assistant Sr Division of Student Success/Office of Student Success              67,111  
37 Asst to VP, Fis Op Stu Success Division of Student Success/Office of Student Success              88,716  
38 ExecAssttoVP&DirStratPlng&Comm Division of Student Success/Office of Student Success              80,020  
39 VP, Student Success Division of Student Success/Office of Student Success            280,980  
40 Coord, Residence Life Division of Student Success/Residence Life & Housing Off              46,237  
41 Coord, Residence Life Division of Student Success/Residence Life & Housing Off              42,147  
42 Coord, Residence Life Division of Student Success/Residence Life & Housing Off              45,440  
43 Coord,Housing Assign&Contracts Division of Student Success/Residence Life & Housing Off              34,858  
44 Custodial Superintendent Division of Student Success/Residence Life & Housing Off              53,301  
45 Custodial Superintendent Division of Student Success/Residence Life & Housing Off              53,301  
46 Department Admin Asst Division of Student Success/Residence Life & Housing Off              69,443  
47 Residence Life & Housing Spec Division of Student Success/Residence Life & Housing Off              81,254  
48 Coord, Writing Lab Division of Student Success/Student Academic Success              66,457  
49 Assoc Dir, Stud Union Ops Division of Student Success/Student Life              67,474  
50 Asst Dir, Maintenance Division of Student Success/Student Life              70,501  
51 Coord, Bus Office Student Life Division of Student Success/Student Life              70,170  
52 Coord, Events & Scheduling Division of Student Success/Student Life              62,268  
53 Coord, Scheduling Division of Student Success/Student Life              62,175  
54 Coord, Technology Division of Student Success/Student Life              54,967  
55 Head Volleyball Coach Division of Student Success/Student Rec & Wellness Srvs            106,451  
56 Mgr, Aquatics Division of Student Success/Student Rec & Wellness Srvs              49,846  
57 Mgr, SRWC Systems Division of Student Success/Student Rec & Wellness Srvs              58,610  
58 Assoc Dir, Stud Services Ctr Division of Student Success/Student Services Center              75,062  
59 Student Enrollment Counselor Division of Student Success/Student Services Center              45,912  
60 Student Services Specialist Division of Student Success/Student Services Center              46,165  
61 Student Services Specialist Division of Student Success/Student Services Center              58,752  
62 Student Services Specialist Division of Student Success/Student Services Center              48,499  
63 Student Services Specialist Division of Student Success/Student Services Center              50,289  
64 Student Services Specialist Division of Student Success/Student Services Center              53,207  
65 Exec Dir, Student Initatives Division of Student Success/Student Success Center              95,533  
66 Secretary Division of Student Success/Student Success Center              50,909  
67 Sr Exec Administrative Asst Division of Student Success/Student Success Center              38,122  
68 Student Services Counselor Division of Student Success/Transfer & Adult Stu Enroll Ct              63,507  
69 Administrative Secretary Honors College/Honors College Dean's Office              56,845  
70 Administrative Assistant Sr Office of Academic Affairs/Incl & Equity/Chief Diversity              62,932  
71 Assoc Dir, Multi Center Office of Academic Affairs/Incl & Equity/Chief Diversity              57,768  
72 Assoc Dir, Multi Center Office of Academic Affairs/Incl & Equity/Chief Diversity              50,769  
73 Assoc Dir, Multi Dev Progs Office of Academic Affairs/Incl & Equity/Chief Diversity              64,144  
74 Secretary Office of Academic Affairs/Incl & Equity/Chief Diversity              58,662  
75 Dir, Institutional Research Office of Academic Affairs/Institutional Research            160,660  
76 Administrative Secretary Office of Academic Affairs/International Programs              72,562  
77 Mgr, Opns & Systems OIP Office of Academic Affairs/International Programs              80,346  
78 Administrative Assistant Sr Office of Academic Affairs/Office of Academic Affairs              75,985  
79 Assoc Dir, Inst Teach & Lrng Office of Academic Affairs/Office of Academic Affairs              88,610  
80 Assoc Provost, Talent Dev Office of Academic Affairs/Office of Academic Affairs            200,313  
81 Assoc VP, Strat Init & Eng Office of Academic Affairs/Office of Academic Affairs            177,219  
82 Asst to President, Emeritus Office of Academic Affairs/Office of Academic Affairs              50,095  
83 Coord Print Mfg & Digital Prod Office of Academic Affairs/University Press              82,557  
84 Dir, University Press Office of Academic Affairs/University Press            143,252  
85 Editorial & Design Coord Office of Academic Affairs/University Press              65,704  
86 Dir Development Office of Advancement/Department of Development            102,357  
87 Mgr Annual Fund Office of Advancement/Department of Development              51,451  
88 Sr Exec Administrative Asst Office of Advancement/Department of Development              97,911  
89 Advertising Manager Office of Advancement/Univ Comm & Marketing              78,198  
90 Assoc VP & Chief Comm Officer Office of Advancement/Univ Comm & Marketing            252,481  
91 Public Relations Rep Office of Advancement/Univ Comm & Marketing              57,596  
92 Assoc VP, CPFM & PFOC Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/Capital Planning & Fac Mngt            122,828  
93 Spec Asst for Envir Compliance Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/Env & Occ Health & Safety            111,481  
94 Building Maintenance Supt Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/Physical Facilities              66,172  
95 Coord, Physical Fac Admin Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/Physical Facilities              46,184  
96 Dir, Bldg Srvs,Gnds & Spec Srv Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/Physical Facilities            114,863  
97 Dir, Phys Fac Bus Admin Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/Physical Facilities              95,806  
98 Master Electrician Crt Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/Physical Facilities              64,961  
99 Master Painter Crt Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/Physical Facilities              61,932  
100 Master Painter Crt Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/Physical Facilities              60,479  
101 Painter Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/Physical Facilities              52,938  
102 PFOC Budget/Fiscal Admin Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/Physical Facilities              58,872  
103 Asst Chief, Univ Police Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/University Police Department            141,953  
104 Locksmith Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/University Police Department              52,817  
105 Patrol Officer Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/University Police Department              29,806  
106 Patrol Officer Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/University Police Department              29,806  
107 Police Officer II Office of Cap Plan & Fac Mngt/University Police Department              85,857  
108 Student Services Counselor Office of Enrollment Mgmt/Admissions              53,725  
109 Administrative Secretary Office of Enrollment Mgmt/Career Center              61,569  
110 Administrative Secretary Office of Enrollment Mgmt/Career Center              52,726  
111 Asst Dir, Career Center Office of Enrollment Mgmt/Career Center              61,414  
112 Career Adviser Office of Enrollment Mgmt/Career Center              53,520  
113 Program Assistant Office of Enrollment Mgmt/Career Center              67,505  
114 Department Admin Secretary Office of Enrollment Mgmt/Medina County Univ Center              34,858  
115 Department Admin Secretary Office of Enrollment Mgmt/Transfer & Adult Stu Enroll Ct              54,331  
116 Dir, Student Serv & Tech Office of Enrollment Mgmt/Transfer & Adult Stu Enroll Ct              87,326  
117 Asst to CIO, Strat Initiatives Office of Info Technology Srvs/Application Systems Svs            144,103  
118 Asst VP, Applications Dev Office of Info Technology Srvs/Application Systems Svs            191,988  
119 Dir, Applic Systems Srvs Office of Info Technology Srvs/Application Systems Svs            160,973  
120 Project Manager IT Office of Info Technology Srvs/Application Systems Svs              86,020  
121 Security Administrator Office of Info Technology Srvs/Application Systems Svs              92,941  
122 Sr Systems Analyst Programmer Office of Info Technology Srvs/Application Systems Svs              22,908  
123 Sr Web Developer Office of Info Technology Srvs/Application Systems Svs              74,258  
124 Electronic Technician Office of Info Technology Srvs/Audio Visual Services              61,811  
125 Asst VP, Computer Operations Office of Info Technology Srvs/Hardware & Oper Sys Svs            177,219  
126 Customer Support Specialist Office of Info Technology Srvs/Hardware & Oper Sys Svs              46,517  
127 Customer Support Specialist Office of Info Technology Srvs/Hardware & Oper Sys Svs              49,092  
128 Dir, Inter & Srv Sys Srvs Office of Info Technology Srvs/Hardware & Oper Sys Svs            147,945  
129 Electronic Technician Sr Office of Info Technology Srvs/Hardware & Oper Sys Svs              80,527  
130 Mgr, Tech Learning Support Ctr Office of Info Technology Srvs/Hardware & Oper Sys Svs              96,624  
131 Software Deployment Specialist Office of Info Technology Srvs/Hardware & Oper Sys Svs              65,930  
132 Sr Systems Administrator Office of Info Technology Srvs/Hardware & Oper Sys Svs              91,781  
133 Systems Administrator Office of Info Technology Srvs/Hardware & Oper Sys Svs              64,064  
134 Systems Administrator Office of Info Technology Srvs/Hardware & Oper Sys Svs            102,978  
135 Technology Specialist Office of Info Technology Srvs/Hardware & Oper Sys Svs              76,227  
136 Technology Specialist Office of Info Technology Srvs/Hardware & Oper Sys Svs              83,889  
137 Technology Specialist Office of Info Technology Srvs/Hardware & Oper Sys Svs              41,161  
138 Asst to VP/CIO, Proj Support Office of Info Technology Srvs/Info Tech Srvs Office Support              85,958  
139 CBA & Eval Testing Asst Office of Info Technology Srvs/Instructional Services              88,038  
140 Instructional Designer Office of Info Technology Srvs/Instructional Services              77,383  
141 Instructional Designer Office of Info Technology Srvs/Instructional Services              75,062  
142 Learning Tech Support Spec Office of Info Technology Srvs/Instructional Services              97,662  
143 Sr Systems Analyst Programmer Office of Info Technology Srvs/Instructional Services              96,887  
144 Coord, Radio Communication Office of Info Technology Srvs/Network & Comm Svs              34,788  
145 Accounting Clerk Sr Office of Info Technology Srvs/Telecommunications              73,955  
146 Dir, Network & Telecom Office of Info Technology Srvs/Telecommunications            148,751  
147 Telecom Network Administrator Office of Info Technology Srvs/Telecommunications              74,531  
148 Asst Dept Syst Admin, HR Office of Talent Dev & HR/Talent Dev & Human Resources              27,252  
149 Dir, Spec Events & Projects Office of Talent Dev & HR/Talent Dev & Human Resources            104,111  
150 TD & HR Associate Office of Talent Dev & HR/Talent Dev & Human Resources              69,776  
151 Administrative Assistant Office of the President/Athletic External Relations              50,636  
152 Dir, Info Stadium, Lic & Mer Office of the President/Athletic External Relations              66,842  
153 Administrative Assistant Office of the President/Office of Athletics              59,504  
154 Asst Baseball Coach Office of the President/Office of Athletics              49,200  
155 Asst Baseball Coach Office of the President/Office of Athletics              40,943  
156 Asst Dir, Football Operations Office of the President/Office of Athletics              54,590  
157 Asst to the Head WBB Coach Office of the President/Office of Athletics              42,816  
158 Asst Women's Tennis Coach Office of the President/Office of Athletics              39,578  
159 Athletics Business Manager Office of the President/Office of Athletics              57,915  
160 Dir, Marketing & Promotions Office of the President/Office of Athletics              53,520  
161 Dir, Men's Soccer Ops Office of the President/Office of Athletics              53,440  
162 Dir, Women's Soccer Ops Office of the President/Office of Athletics              33,450  
163 Head Baseball Coach Office of the President/Office of Athletics              96,470  
164 Sr Assoc Athl Dir, Ext Rel Office of the President/Office of Athletics            159,266  
165 Sr Exec Administrative Asst Office of the President/Office of the President              82,738  
166 Dir, Mktg & Comm Law School of Law/Law Dean's Office              66,900  
167 Library Specialist University Libraries/UL Access Services              48,456  
168 Administrative Assistant University Libraries/UL Dean's Office              49,334  
169 Asst to Dean, Univ Libraries University Libraries/UL Dean's Office              65,155  
170 Library Associate University Libraries/UL Electronic Services              57,359  
171 Library Associate Sr University Libraries/UL Electronic Services              40,097  
172 Visit Asst Prof, Bibliography University Libraries/UL Research & Learning Srvs              71,500  
173 Library Specialist University Libraries/UL Science & Technology              69,626  
174 Legal Assistant VP & General Counsel/VP & General Counsel              82,678  
175 Legal Assistant VP & General Counsel/VP & General Counsel              72,684  
176 Accounting Clerk II VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Assoc VP & Controller              43,277  
177 Administrative Assistant Sr VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Assoc VP & Controller              64,052  
178 Property Accounting Specialist VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Assoc VP & Controller              57,995  
179 Administrative Assistant Sr VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Assoc VP, Treasury & Fin Plan            101,726  
180 Mgr, Ticket Office VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/EJT Hall Box Office              74,148  
181 Asst Mgr, Mailing Srvs VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Mailing Services              51,484  
182 Asst Dir, Parking Srvs VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Parking & Transportation Srvs              79,421  
183 Ticket Booth/Lot Monitor VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Parking & Transportation Srvs              16,545  
184 Ticket Booth/Lot Monitor VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Parking & Transportation Srvs              17,433  
185 Ticket Booth/Lot Monitor VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Parking & Transportation Srvs              18,987  
186 Ticket Booth/Lot Monitor VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Parking & Transportation Srvs              18,987  
187 Ticket Booth/Lot Monitor VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Parking & Transportation Srvs              18,341  
188 Asst Managing Dir VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Performing Arts Hall              68,238  
189 Business Mgmt Assoc, PAH VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Performing Arts Hall              52,432  
190 Coord Mktg, PAH VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Performing Arts Hall              58,816 *
191 Coord, External Programs PAH VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Performing Arts Hall              63,425  
192 Coord, Ticket Office VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Performing Arts Hall              39,742  
193 Events Assistant VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Performing Arts Hall              22,153  
194 Exec Dir, Performing Arts Hall VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Performing Arts Hall            213,993  
195 Managing Director VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Performing Arts Hall            113,675  
196 Mgr, Sales & Marketing, PAH VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Performing Arts Hall              87,820  
197 Mgr, Technical Srvs - PAH VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Performing Arts Hall              79,618  
198 Technical Svcs Assoc, PAH VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Performing Arts Hall              47,295  
199 Technical Svcs Assoc, PAH VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Performing Arts Hall              55,971  
200 Asst Buyer VP, Finance & Admin/CFO/Purchasing Department              56,481  
201 Dir, Grad Prof Development VP, Rsch & Dean of Grad School/Graduate School              70,149  
202 Student Services Counselor VP, Rsch & Dean of Grad School/Graduate School              53,695  
203 Student Services Counselor VP, Rsch & Dean of Grad School/Graduate School              52,423  
204 Student Services Counselor VP, Rsch & Dean of Grad School/Graduate School              27,138  
205 Coord, Grants Sr VP, Rsch & Dean of Grad School/Office of Research Admin              64,246  
206 Secretary VP, Rsch & Dean of Grad School/Office of Research Admin              45,124  
207 Assoc VP, Res & Dir Tech Trans VP, Rsch & Dean of Grad School/Technology Transfer, Off of            250,787  
208 Sr Exec Administrative Asst VP, Rsch & Dean of Grad School/VP Research & Grad School              60,823  
209 Instr Tech Trainer/Spec-WC Wayne College/Academic Affairs - Wayne              46,407  
210 Coord, Developmental Prog Wayne College/Developmental Programs-Wayne              81,522  
211 Mgr, Tech Support Svs - WC Wayne College/Technical Support Srvs - Wayne              71,074  
212 Patrol Officer Wayne College/University Police - Wayne              35,025  
213 Desktop Publishing Specialist Wayne College/Word Processing Ctr-Wayne              35,887  
     TOTAL  15,275,702  
    *Indicates salaries not budgeted.    
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 17:11

University of Akron Releases Layoff List

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The University of Akron has released a list of those affected by budget-related job cuts - which affect 213 positions and 161 employees.

A list of all the position cuts is published here on WAKR.net.

The layoffs will save the university about 15-million dollars a year in salary and benefits.

The list confirms the dismissal of all staff at E.J. Thomas Hall, the Student Services Center, the Multicultural Center and the UA Press.

UA officials say the Multicultural Center will consolidate with the Office of Inclusion and Equity and that University Press is being merged into the university library system.

Other departments affected included the Office of Information Technology.

University officials say that some employees have "bumping rights"...that could enable them to move to another position within the university, thereby displacing another person.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:13

Bad Day For Two Ohio Pot Issues

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It hasn't been a good day for those who want marijuana legalized in Ohio.

The pro-legalization group ResponsibleOhio has until tomorrow to gather about 30,000 more valid signatures, but Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted is probing the petitions already submitted.

Husted's office has hired former Allen County prosecutor David Bowers as a "special investigator", looking into what Husted calls "discrepencies" in ResponsibleOhio's petition.

Meanwhile, a group trying to get a medical marijuana issue on the Ohio ballot has been turned back by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. DeWine says the summary language for the proposed initialive is flawed.

(Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, news release) Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today named David Bowers to serve as a special investigator to review discrepancies in the petitions submitted by ResponsibleOhio in their effort to place a constitutional amendment before voters this fall.

"As with every possible case of election fraud, it is my responsibility to investigate and hold accountable anyone who may have cheapened the voice of all Ohioans by cheating the system," said Husted. "I have long stated that voter fraud is rare, but it happens; and when it does, we will call out the guilty parties and hold them accountable."

Significant disparities remain between the number of petitions and signatures ResponsibleOhio claimed to have collected and the number the group actually submitted to the Secretary of State's Office. There are also discrepancies between the hard-copy petitions and what should have been identical electronic copies of those petitions. Such discrepancies, if the product of fraud, are subject to criminal penalties up to a fifth degree felony.

Secretary Husted will also exercise his authority under section 3501.05 of the Ohio Revised Code to subpoena Ian James and any relevant records in the possession of ResponsibleOhio and The Strategy Network to aid in the investigation.

David Bowers, Esq. is the principle at the Law Offices of David Bowers in Lima, Ohio. He is the former Prosecutor of Allen County where he was the longest-serving county prosecutor in Ohio at the time after 28 years of service. During his service, he maintained a conviction rate in excess of 90 percent in criminal prosecutions.

Last month, Secretary Husted issued a warning to ResponsibleOhio when it was discovered by county boards of elections that The Strategy Network, the organization managing ResponsibleOhio's petition drive, was submitting an alarming number of fraudulent voter registration forms.

"Fraud and sloppiness have more in common than being the devastating cause of undermining voter confidence, they are illegal and will not be tolerated by my office," added Husted.

(Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, news release) Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today rejected the petition for a proposed amendment to the Ohio Constitution which would attempt to legalize marijuana for medical use in the state.

On July 20th, the Ohio Attorney General's Office received a written petition to amend the Ohio Constitution, entitled "Ohio Medical Cannabis Amendment," from the group Ohio Medical Cannabis Care LLC. 1,000 valid signatures from registered Ohio voters were submitted. However, Attorney General DeWine found at least four defects with the summary language:

The summary language omits references to amendment language explaining that patient registry cards are automatically accepted if the proposed Ohio Medical Cannabis Commission fails to enact an approval process or to respond to applications within a specified time.

The summary language omits the reasons listed in the amendment for which the proposed commission may revoke patient registry cards.

The summary language omits references to amendment language specifying certain actions the proposed commission must take in a certain period of time after the effective date.

The summary language states that certain individuals administering marijuana to underage patients "shall not be criminalized," when no such prohibition exists in the amendment language.

"For these reasons, I am unable to certify the summary as a fair and truthful statement of the proposed amendment," DeWine stated in a letter to the petitioners.

The full text of today's letter and of the amendment petitions submitted can be found at www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/BallotInitiatives.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 13:05

ContiTech Unveils New Logo

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Several months after purchasing Veyance Technologies in Fairlawn, the headquarters for ContiTech of North America is one step closer to rebranding itself and bringing two parts of the world together.

ContiTech, part of the German tire maker and automotive supplier Continental, unveiled it's new logo in front of its Cleveland-Massillon Road building to check off one of the last items on their list.

ContiTech officially purchased Veyance, formerly named Goodyear Engineered Products, earlier this year.

On the Web: www.contitech.us

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