Thursday, December 8, 2011
We caught up the school’s new director, Suzanne Metelko, to talk about the future.
On Wednesday, the University of Akron Lakewood campus hosted its first open house. Prospective students and their parents trickled into the built-out space in the Bailey Building at the corner of Detroit Avenue and Warren Road. On the first official day of classes on Jan. 9, a couple dozen students are expected, said Suzanne Metelko, the director of UA Lakewood. But that’s just the beginning. The school is partnering with Lakewood High School and Lakewood Hospital to offer training in the university’s College of Education and Nursing. Within a couple years, university officials expect "a couple hundred" students to grace the downtown Lakewood campus. We sat down with Metelko to get the scoop on the classes offered, the future of the …
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Warmer temperatures brings out thousands to the fifth-annual Light Up Lakewood.
Unseasonably warm weather brought thousands to downtown Lakewood for the fifth-annual LightUp Lakewood event. Sponsored by LakewoodAlive, Light Up Lakewood took over downtown on Detroit Avenue from Marlowe to Arthur avenues. It was truly a winder wonderland. The event featured the region’s only winter parade, a ceremonial lighting of holiday lights at Lakewood Hospital, an appearance by Santa Claus and street entertainment. There were plenty of holiday-themed activities. Santa Claus was on had. So were his elves, the Grinch, Frosty the Snowman and others. There was also live music, including the St. Edward Trash Talkers. Rick Uldricks contributed photos to this post.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Suzanne Metelko, who helped to recruit the university to Lakewood starting in 2004, is set become the school's first director on Oct. 24.
Lakewood has often been called a college town without a college. For the past few months, there’s been a college but no leader. Not anymore. Suzanne Metelko, currently the vice president at Computer Systems Development Services and a trustee at the Lakewood Public Library, is set to become the first director of the University of Akron’s Lakewood satellite campus. Her first day is Oct. 24. “We’re going to hit the ground running," said Metelko. "I am excited about the opportunity because I honestly believe that this a game-changer in Lakewood.” The new University of Akron Lakewood Higher Education Center opened its doors last month in the historic Bailey Building at the corner of Warren Road and Detroit Avenue. Metelko was one of the key …
Friday, September 23, 2011
With nearly 200 people in attendance, the school was unveiled during a special ribbon-cutting ceremony and party on Detroit Avenue.
Lakewood’s often been called a college town without a college. That’s not the case anymore, as the University of Akron unveiled its Lakewood satellite campus to the community on Thursday. With nearly 200 people in attendance, the school opened its doors to the public for a special ribbon-cutting ceremony and party on Detroit Avenue. The new University of Akron Lakewood Higher Education Center —housed in the historic Bailey Building on Detroit Avenue — is partnering with Lakewood High School and Lakewood Hospital to offer training in the university’s College of Education and Nursing. That's just the beginning. Within a couple years, university officials expect "a couple hundred" students to grace the downtown Lakewood campus. City …
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. …
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Plans still on schedule to open satellite branch in the fall.
Just eight days ago, the University of Akron's Lakewood branch showed only the bones of a facility. Now, the spaces in the Bailey Building on Detroit Avenue are starting to resemble classrooms. The ductwork is done. So is the electrical wiring. Lakewood Development Director Dru Siley said plans are still set to open the school's Lakewood satellite branch in September. This week, workers have been hustling to finish the drywall.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Within five years, there could be as many as “a couple hundred” students on the Lakewood campus.
Classes at the University of Akron’s satellite campus in Lakewood are expected to begin this fall at the Bailey Building on Detroit Avenue. In the beginning, there will be only a few dozen students attending them. However, within five years, there could be as many as “a couple hundred” University of Akron students on the streets of Lakewood. Holly Harris Bane, the university’s associate vice president for strategic initiatives, said that usually there are 150 students on the first day of classes at a satellite branch. “It’s going to be a very small number because of the targeted degrees for students we’ll have in there,” she said. “We will really begin to ramp up our programs in the spring of 2012 and the fall of 2012.” Last month, the …
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
More than 10,000 square feet of classrooms slated for historic Bailey Building.
The University of Akron is scheduled to open a satellite location this fall in Lakewood. The university's board of trustees approved the 11,000-square-foot education facility during its semiannual meeting Wednesday morning. The satellite location will be based at the corner of Detroit Avenue and Warren Road in the historic Bailey Building. News that the university planned to branch out to Lakewood had been rumored for months, and though many of the major players talked openly about the progress, there was no final confirmation until Wednesday morning. Now, though, Lakewood officials view the satellite location as a major boon to the city. “Today’s workplace increasingly requires continued skill enhancement,” Lakewood Mayor Mike Summers …
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Details of potential classes in the INA Building coming together; parties involved now wait for approval.
Talks about the University of Akron bringing classes to Lakewood have been upgraded from juicy rumor to a potential deal in the works. But nothing is official. And the university isn't talking. Mayor Michael Summers — who is now the city's acting economic development director — confirmed that talks with the University of Akron have been ongoing. If the deal goes through, the university would offer certificate programs in the medical service industry, he said. The location being discussed as the home to the university's Lakewood outpost is the INA Building in the 14700 block of Detroit Avenue. More details of the plan have not been released, but Summers said the benefit to the city is clear. “That's a payoff to Lakewood to have people be …