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Kent State Magazine Survey Available Now

We know you have things to tell us! So here's your chance. We're inviting you to take a quick survey about Kent State Magazine. Visit to tell us what you'd like to see more of or where we can improve.

The first 100 of you who give us a piece of your mind will receive a copy of Professor Emeritus William Hildebrand's engaging chronicle of Kent State's first 100 years, A Most Noble Enterprise.

Who knows, the next great story you read in Kent State Magazine may be your brainchild!

Posted Feb. 7, 2011

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Mail Services Wants to Know: All Departmental Mail Handlers


Are you the person that sorts or distributes the mail within your department after the Mail Services drivers drop off your daily mail? Are you the "go-to" person within your department for outgoing mail organization or package preparation?

If so, Mail Services would like to hear from you. Mail Services is trying to identify its departmental mail helpers so that Mail Services can proactively contact those individuals about changes in postal rules, campus mail policies or postage increases, along with suggesting ways to save your department money either in processing or postage on your mail.

Mail Services asks that each person, either primary or secondary, that is responsible for their department's mail area send us an e-mail with their name, department, direct phone line and e-mail address. The Department of Public Safety supports this contact list in the event of safety concerns involving mail or delivered packages.

You can send that information to Steve Finley, manager, Mail Services at Please submit your department's information as soon as possible, so Mail Services can initially communicate information on the upcoming postal increase, scheduled for April 17, 2011.

Thanks for your help!

Posted Feb. 7, 2011

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Final Grading of F1 Courses Due Soon

Online final grading for courses meeting in F1 (first five weeks) part of term begins Thursday, Feb. 10, via FlashFAST. The deadline for grading submission is midnight on Tuesday, Feb. 15.

FlashFAST is accessible from any Internet-capable computer that has the cookies function enabled. To access FlashFAST, log in to FlashLine at and click the Faculty and Advisor Tools tab. The link to your grade roster(s) is located in the Faculty and Advisor Toolbox, under the Submit Grades heading.

Grades processing tips and FAQ may be found on the Office of the University Registrar's website at Any faculty member who needs personalized instruction on submitting their grades via FlashFAST should contact their campus's Office of the Registrar during normal business hours for assistance.

Also, as a helpful tip, it is recommended that you clean out your cookie and cache files regularly to help your computer run faster, and to potentially restore and/or improve your access to FlashFAST and/or FlashLine by improving your connection to the server. Our Helpdesk is prepared to offer assistance with these issues. Please contact them at 330-672-HELP (4357) for one-on-one assistance and for technical issues. 

Posted Feb. 7, 2011

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African Community Theatre Holds Auditions for Spring Production

The African Community Theatre at Kent State University will be holding auditions for its spring 2011 production of "Wine in the Wilderness," which takes place during the Harlem race riots of the 1960s.

"The play focuses on an artist and his so-called educated, black middle-class friends who try to define black womanhood and articulate brotherhood, sisterhood and togetherness, but have no real love or understanding for the poor, uneducated African American," says Fran Dorsey, resident director of the African Community Theatre. "The play was written by Alice Childress, actress, director, playwright, novelist, columnist, essayist, lecturer, and theater consultant, who refused to promote stereotyped images of Africa-Americans in her writings."

Auditions will be held Feb. 9 - 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. and Feb. 12 from noon to 2 p.m. at the African Community Theatre, located in Room 230 of Oscar Ritchie Hall on the Kent State University campus, 225 Terrace Dr. Interested individuals should prepare a three- to five-minute monologue.

The cast consists of three black men ranging from 20 to 60 years of age and two black women between the ages of 20 and 40.

For more information, contact Dorsey at 330-672-0151 or
Posted Feb. 7, 2011

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Five Professors Receive Farris Family Innovation Awards

Five Kent State faculty members have been awarded the Farris Family Innovation Award for their research projects.

The Farris Family Innovation Award rewards faculty members who combine scholarship of teaching, discovery and application in new and effective ways. After recommendations by the Provost, applicants are reviewed by the Provost's Advisory Council and then sent to the President for final approval.

Each fall, winners are announced and each receives up to $8,000 for up to three years. The money from this grant covers expenses in undergraduate research, graduate student stipends, equipment expenses and travel associated with faculty projects.

The winners of the award this fall are:

  •  Nicole Rousseau, Ph.D., Department of Sociology, for "Uncovering Causes of Black Women's Reproductive Health Disparities."
  • Xiaozhen Mou, Ph.D., Department of Biological Sciences, for "Study of Bacteria to Discover which are Responsible for Detoxifying Cyanotoxins in Contaminated Bodies of Water."
  • Pratim Datta, Ph.D.,Department of Management and Information Systems, for "How Green is your Supply Chain? Building a Green Supply Chain Index based on an Activity-Practices Model for Global Supply."
  • Margarita Benitez, Ph.D., Department of Fashion Design and Merchandising, for "Open Source Jacquard Loom."
  • Zhiqiang Wang, Ph.D.,Department of Biological Sciences, for "How Nitric Oxide Synthase (NOS) Relates to Human Health and Disease."

Last year, this grant helped David Purcell, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology, conduct research examining the degree of racial integration and interracial contact that white Americans experience in their everyday lives.

Purcell says that this award provides him with peace of mind that his research will continue for a couple years.

For more information on how to apply for next year's Farris Family Innovation Award, visit,

By Allison Brookes

Posted Feb. 7, 2011

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New Health Informatics Program, Advisory Council Announced

Kent State University's new health informatics program has named a 23-member advisory council, made up of regional and national health care and higher education leaders.

Health Informatics is a new concentration in the Information Architecture and Knowledge Management program of the School of Library and Information Science. While the program officially begins in fall of 2011, a few students already have been admitted.

Michael O. Bice, Kent State professor and director of the health informatics program, says the Health Informatics Advisory Council will support the program by providing current health care market intelligence, descriptions of expected health competencies, advice and counsel, suggestions for recruiting students, recommendations for delivery platforms, suggestions for clinical projects or internships and suggestions for collaborative relationships.

"The council is an indispensible component of the health informatics program, "Bice says. "We can't be successful if our courses aren't directly tied to the needs of the marketplace, which the council members freely articulate."

Bice adds, "Our ability to attract students and faculty is enhanced by the existence of the council and the prestige and influence of its members."

Health Informatics is the science that defines how health information is captured, analyzed, transmitted and managed. It focuses on information systems, informatics principles and information technology as it is applied to the continuum of health care delivery. This integrated discipline features specialty domains in management science, management engineering principles, health care delivery and public health, patient safety, information science and computer technology.

For more information, visit

Posted Feb. 7, 2011

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Nominate a Colleague for the 2011 Distinguished Scholar Award

The University Research Council is now accepting nominations for the 2011 Distinguished Scholar Award.

In conjunction with the annual Celebration of Scholarship, the University Research Council sponsors a program of annual awards to three distinguished scholars for outstanding research and/or creative activities at Kent State University. The cash award is $1,500, and nominations are made by peers. Awardees are selected by a committee of faculty members from related disciplines and endorsed by the full council.

To be eligible, a faculty member must be nominated. Self-nominations are acceptable. Submit the nomination no later than Feb. 15, 2011.  After all the nominations are received, the University Research Council will contact each nominee individually for detailed information and additional material to support their nomination. The awards will be presented at the Distinguished Scholar Award ceremony, which will take place during the annual Celebration of Scholarship event on April 15, 2011.

Only tenured/tenure-track and emeriti faculty at Kent State may nominate someone for a Distinguished Scholar Award. Individuals may nominate only one candidate per year.

Except in unusual circumstances, only full professors who have been at Kent State for a full five years are eligible to receive a Distinguished Scholar Award. In order to receive the award, nominees who have been at Kent State for less than 10 years must demonstrate a record of sustained scholarship and/or creative activity since coming to Kent State.

An individual may only receive one Distinguished Scholar Award. Finalists from the previous year will be asked if they wish to be considered again for the award. Therefore, it is not necessary to nominate an individual who received a nomination in the previous year.

The 2010 Distinguished Scholar Award recipients are Dr. John Dunlosky, Department of Psychology; Dr. Robert Flexer, School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences, and Dr. Phil Rumrill, also from the School  of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences.

The Nomination Form is available online: Posted Feb. 7, 2011

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