Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Measure approved to spend $7,000 on a feasibility study to examine whether a hotel could work in the city.
During the past several months, a committee of city and business leaders has met to discuss whether downtown Lakewood could sustain a hotel. Their brainstorming sessions resulted in Lakewood City Council taking the first step Monday to explore the issue further. Council unanimously OK’d spending $7,000 — from the city’s economic development fund — on a feasibility study. Ward 3 city councilman Shawn Juris, who first pitched the idea to council in April, has been active on the committee. The group has talked about capitalizing on some of the development in downtown Cleveland — think casino and Medical Mart — as well as the development along Detroit Avenue in Lakewood. “From the feasibility study, but also without any preconceived ideas, I …
Thursday, June 21, 2012
UA Lakewood Director Suzanne Metelko honored.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
University of Akron Lakewood Director Suzanne Metelko, who was instrumental in bringing the university to Lakewood, will serve as the grand marshal for the city's Fourth of July parade. The parade is scheduled to step off on at 10 a.m. July 4 on Lake Avenue at Kenneth Drive and conclude at Lakewood Park. Metelko was named Director of the University of Akron Lakewood in last October. Beginning in 2004, Suzanne worked with city officials, LakewoodAlive and the University of Akron to bring a satellite campus to Lakewood. The University of Akron Lakewood opened in September 2011 in the historic Bailey Building on the intersection of Warren Road and Detroit Avenue. Metelko is a member of the Hospice of the Western Reserve Advisory Council …
Monday, May 21, 2012
Kevin Young was one of a number of students who participated in a University of Akron Lakewood workshop about pitching reality TV shows to the networks.
One Lakewood man’s idea for a TV show is on its way to reality. Reality TV, that is. Kevin Young’s pitch for “Fix It With Fred,” about a gifted and charismatic auto mechanic in Canton, got the attention of the hosts of a weekend workshop at the University of Akron Lakewood campus. In a four-day spring workshop, students learned from husband-and-wife duo Joke Fincioen and (Cleveland-area native) Biagio Messina of Joke Productions. The pair hosted a workshop at the main campus last year, and had two ideas come out of it. Young, who’s only other experience behind a camera was in TV production years ago at Kent State University, learned a few of the tools needed for pitching a successful reality TV show. But perhaps the key takeaway was the …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
The last time the city updated it long-term planning document was 1993.
A lot has changed in Lakewood since 1993. That was the last time the city updated its “Community Vision,” a document that outlines the state of the city and provides an outlook for the future. About 75 people attended the city’s first workshop to update that plan at the University of Akron Lakewood campus on Monday night. “The work that was done in the 90s was the first attempt to articulate what’s important to Lakewood,” said Dru Siley, the city’s director of planning and development. “We’re going to build on that. We’re going to refine it, because the world has changed dramatically in 20 years.” Back in 1993, the planning commission, along with residents, civic and business leaders identified four areas of concern to develop over a …
Friday, April 20, 2012
Branch to offer Saturday MBA classes; the complete course schedule for the fall 2012 semester also released this week.
When it was announced last year that the University of Akron Lakewood campus was opening its doors on Detroit Avenue, officials had high hopes for the growth of the branch campus. It looks like things are rolling along as expected. This week, the UA Lakewood campus announced that it is unveiling its Saturday MBA program this summer. The school also released its first course schedule for the fall 2012 semester. Suzanne Metelko, the director of the Lakewood campus, said the classes are catered to the “working professional. “The Saturday MBA is an example of UA’s commitment to the region,” she said. “The population of young professionals who want a quality higher education experience in a convenient location with affordable tuition is …
Friday, October 14, 2011
The new center showed off some of its capabilities this week with live, international broadcasts.
Lakewood’s University of Akron Higher Education Center opened its doors to the public this week, and Patch was there to get a glimpse of its potential. For its debut, the center hosted China week and featured live broadcast presentations from various professors who discussed the country’s relations with and impact on the U.S. The presentations were organized through the University of Akron’s Confucius Institute which hosted three keynote speakers – UA professor Michael Sheng, University of Wisconsin professor Edward Friedman and Wayne College professor Paul Weinstein. The lectures took place in Akron and were broadcast to Lakewood, Wayne College, the Medina County University Center and Henan University – one of UA’s sister schools in …
Thursday, September 22, 2011
The public is invited to join UA, city and county dignitaries at the dedication and ribbon cutting at the Bailey Building on Detroit Avenue.
The University of Akron is officially opening its doors in Lakewood today. The new University of Akron Lakewood Higher Education Center —housed in the historic Bailey Building on Detroit Avenue — will be unveiled to the community at 5 p.m. in a special ribbon-cutting ceremony. The public is invited to join UA, city and county dignitaries at the dedication and ribbon cutting, which will be preceded by a community open house at 4 p.m. Expected to attend the dedication are UA President Dr. Luis M. Proenza, Lakewood Mayor Michael Summers and Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald. Last spring, UA’s Board of Trustees OK’d the satellite branch and construction crews have been working since to get the 11,000-square-foot facility ready to open. …