The University of Akron in Akron, Ohio serves about 27,000 students, offers more than 200 undergraduate majors across thirteen academic divisions, and is known around the world as a pioneer in polymer research. Other claims to fame include the Archives of the History of American Psychology, as well as the acquisition and conversion of the Quaker Square Crowne Plaza Hotel into a residence hall. A prestigious Honors College here offers particularly successful students an honors-only residence hall as well as access to a wide variety of honors-only organizations. UA’s technology licensing netted it more than $6 million in 2007 alone, which in turn is being used to expand the capabilities of its BioInnovation Institute to address orthopedics and wound healing. But UA is about more than just research; culture and the arts are active here, too. Annual event JazzFest attracts such performers as singer Alexis Cole and flutist Nestor Torres, and the Emily Davis Gallery recently hosted an art exhibition entitled “Touch: Between Image and Surface.” And the UA athletics program (where athletes are known as the Zips) competes in 18 varsity sports, from swimming and basketball to rifle, golf, and cross-country. With all this going for it, the University of Akron is truly improving its city every day, as well as Ohio and the whole nation!