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Women's Center Seeking Campus Input in New Survey

The Women's Center is conducting a survey of Kent Campus students, faculty and staff. The survey results will help us to better understand your needs, evaluate the quality of the services provided and make improvements in the future.

Once you have completed the survey by following the link below, your name will be entered into a random drawing to win your choice of a Starbucks, Panera or Best Buy $25 gift card. Six gift cardswill be awarded.

Please visit to access the survey, which will take less than 10 minutes to complete. We would appreciate receiving your input no later than Feb. 11. If you have any issues accessing the survey, please e-mail Thank you for taking the time to complete this important survey. We value your opinion.

Posted Jan. 24, 2011

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Kent State Wins the Top Prize at the 2010 PRSA Cleveland Rocks Awards

Kent State University took home two gold awards and the most coveted "Best of Show" award at this year's Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Cleveland Rocks Awards. The university's winning entries were for its work on the 40th commemoration of the events of May 4,1970 that occurred on the Kent State campus.  

news briefs Cleveland Rocks Award
From left: Erin Orsini, Robert Checkal, Emily Vincent,
Tom Neumann and Dustin Lee were on hand for the
award ceremony

The PRSA Cleveland Rocks Awards recognize outstanding public relations programs and projects. The annual awards go to public relations practitioners who have "successfully addressed a contemporary issue with exemplary professional skill, creativity and resourcefulness." The eighth annual awards ceremony was held Dec. 3 at Windows on the River in Cleveland. 

The university won its first gold award in the Special Events and Observances (Seven or Fewer Days) category for its entry titled "Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of May 4, 1970, Shootings at Kent State University." This entry also earned the university the Best of Show Award, which represents the finest example of public relations programming among all winners in all categories. As part of winning the Best of Show award, the university gets to keep the Best of Show trophy - a red electric guitar - for the year until the next Best of Show winner is named in December 2011.

Kent State's commemoration included a dedication ceremony for the May 4 site's listing on the National Register of Historic Places in conjunction with the new May 4 Walking Tour and a Democracy Speaker program that featured U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a leader in the American civil rights movement. The dedication event attracted more than 300 people and the speaker program brought in a standing-room-only crowd in the Kent Student Center Ballroom, which seats 900.

Kent State's second gold award from the PRSA Cleveland Rocks Awards competition was in the Interactive Communications category for its May 4 Newsroom. Located at, the online resource for journalists and the general public was co-created by the university's media relations team and student-PR agency, Flash Communications. The newsroom features releases, videos, photos and links to social media sites where people can engage in discussion about May 4 and the 40th anniversary.  

More information on the events of May 4, 1970, at Kent State can be found on the May 4 Newsroom at, and information on the May 4 Visitors Center can be found at Posted Jan. 24, 2011

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Save the Date for the Inaugural Spirit of Women in Business Conference

Kent State University is proud to announce the inaugural Spirit of Women in Business conference, to be held March 10, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Kent Student Center.

Women from all walks of life - college students, mid-level professionals and seasoned veterans - are encouraged to attend and participate.

The keynote speaker will be Lisa Clarke, '94 president of Rally Marketing Group.

Visit for more information and to register. Posted Jan. 24, 2011

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Kent State University at Stark Theatre Announces Open Auditions for The Glass Menagerie

Kent State University at Stark Theatre announces open auditions for the season's second theatrical production, The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. This American classic play by one of our greatest playwrights will be performed on April 8-10 and 14-17 in the Kent State Stark Theatre.

Auditions will be held on Friday, Jan. 28, from 2-3 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 29, from 2-3 p.m. in the theatre of the Fine Arts Building.

Auditions are open to everyone, including students, staff and community members. Those auditioning may elect to work from sides (selected scene excerpts) or perform a brief prepared monologue, either from the play or another modern realistic script. The director will also choose sides for people and scene partners.

Scripts (and audition sides) are available for perusal for periods up to 24 hours from the secretary of the Fine Arts Building during normal business hours, Monday through Thursday (8 a.m. - 8 p.m.) and Friday (8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.). Audition appointments are recommended, but not required. Scripts and audition sides will also be available in the reserve area of the campus library and this play is widely available elsewhere. For more information, contact the department at 330-244-5151.

Rehearsals for The Glass Menagerie will begin on Feb. 21 and will usually occur five evenings each week until opening.

For more information, contact show director Brian Newberg at or 330-244-3352. Posted Jan. 24, 2011

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