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Kent State Names New Dean of College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology

Shin-Min “Simon” Song, Ph.D., will become the new dean of the College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology at Kent State University. The new dean appointment was announced last week by Robert G. Frank, Kent State’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. Song begins his position at Kent State on July 1. He succeeds John “Jack” Graham, Ph.D., who will be completing his one-year appointment as interim dean of the college that will be formerly known as the College of Technology when it changes its name this summer.

As dean, Song will be responsible for such matters as the development and supervision of the program budget, recommendations regarding the appointment and retention of all staff, recommending and implementing program and course offerings, establishing course assignments and workloads, assisting in the administration of the university’s personnel and affirmative action policies, and enforcing all university regulations, policies and procedures.

Song comes to Kent State from Northern Illinois University where he currently is a professor and chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, as well as the coordinator of international programs. In this capacity, Song oversees the day-to-day administration of the department, student advising, faculty development and funded research, fundraising and research projects. Song also has an in-depth understanding of teaching, having served in faculty positions at Northern Illinois University, the University of Illinois at Chicago and The Ohio State University. His accomplished academic record includes the development or delivery of more than a dozen courses, the expansion of laboratory equipment and design, the supervision of more than 50 graduate students, multiple inventions and publications, and the securing of multiple grants worth more than $1,000,000.

In addition to his academic experience, Song brings to Kent State a professional perspective, having served as the associate manager and project leader for Tatung Company in Taipei, Taiwan, which develops and creates many industry and electronic consumer products, including machinery, power transformers, computers, televisions, media players and home appliances.

Song holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Tatung Institute of Technology, a master’s in mechanical engineering and a Doctor of Philosophy in mechanical engineering from the Ohio State University.

For more information about Kent State’s College of Technology, visit

Posted March 12, 2012 | Emily Vincent

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Spring 2012 Bowman Breakfast on April 4 to Focus on Downtown Kent Revitalization

The spring 2012 Bowman Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, April 4, in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. Doors open at 7 a.m., breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m., and the program will follow at 8 a.m.

This year’s breakfast will feature guest speakers Roger DiPaolo, editor of the Record-Courier, and Ron Burbick, developer at RLB Phoenix Properties. The topic will be “Downtown Kent – Yesterday, Today and the Vision for Tomorrow.”

Cost is $10 per person (cash or check); payment at the door is required. No invoicing is available for this event.

Reservations can be made by calling Mary Mandalari at 330-672-8664 or by registering online at The registration deadline is Friday, March 30.

Please note: No shows will be billed. If you find that you cannot attend, be sure to call 330-672-8664 to cancel your reservation by Friday, March 30.

The Bowman Breakfast, a tradition since 1963, is sponsored by Kent State University and the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce.

Kent State University is committed to making activities as accessible as possible to all persons. If you need special accommodation, contact the Office of Planning, Assessment and Research Management at 330-672-8132.

For more information about the event, contact Mandalari at 330-672-8664 or

Posted March 12, 2012 | Jessica Smeltz

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Health Care for Employees Right Around the Corner

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University Health Services is a full-service primary care
medical facility. Kent State faculty and staff can avail
themselves of the medical services offered at the center.

Did you know that Kent State faculty and staff are welcome to use University Health Services? University Health Services is a close, convenient option for routine medical needs. It is a full-service primary care medical facility offering treatment of chronic medical conditions and acute, short-term medical problems. For example, you can take care of immunizations and physical therapy in addition to medical appointments for colds and flu treatment.

University Health Services provides high-quality health care that is both affordable and convenient. All University Health Services doctors and staff members are licensed or board certified. Same-day appointments and online scheduling are available. University Health Services bills directly to most major medical insurance plans, such as Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Medical Mutual of Ohio, and offers discounted self-pay rates.

Services include:

  • Routine medical appointments
  • Women’s health
  • Physical therapy
  • Immunizations
  • Lab services
  • Health screenings
  • X-rays
  • On-site pharmacy
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Health education – special events and programs for high-priority health issues

Spring semester hours are:

Monday            8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Tuesday          8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday    9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday         8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday               8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit

Posted March 12, 2012

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Kent State College of Education, Health and Human Services Seeks Hall of Fame Applications

Nominate an extraordinary alumnus of the college

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The College of Education, Health and Human Services
awards alumni of the college who have committed their
lives to serving others to make the world a better place.
The photo shows guests at last year's Hall of Fame
awards ceremony.

Kent State University’s College of Education, Health and Human Services seeks applications for its third annual Hall of Fame Award Ceremony. Applicants must be alumni of the college who have committed their lives to serving others to make the world a better place.

The alumni awards categories are:

  • Centennial Alumni Award
  • Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Recent Alumni Award
  • Diversity Alumni Award
  • International Alumni Award
  • Distinguished Service to the College of Education, Health and Human Services Alumni Leadership Award

For additional information about the award categories or to nominate a person, go to the College of Education, Health and Human Services Hall of Fame website at You may nominate yourself, an alumnus or a respected colleague for an award through Monday, April 30. An awards committee, composed of faculty from the college, administration and advisory board members, will review the nominations and select the recipients, who will receive their awards at the Hall of Fame Award Ceremony in fall 2012.

Last year, the following alumni were inducted into the Hall of Fame: Donald Coffee, ’55, ’58; Dr. Thomas Fagan, ’65, ’66, ’69; Dr. Geeta Verma, ’01; Shalva Tabatadze, ’07; Dr. Janette Habashi, ’04; Dr. Gerald H. Read, ’36; and Dr. Kenneth Dobbins, ’87.

For more information about the College of Education, Health and Human Services Hall of Fame, contact Hope Bradley at or call 330-672-2008.  

Posted March 12, 2012

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SIFE Issues Regional Challenge to Fight Hunger

Kent State University at Trumbull's Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) organization is challenging all other Kent State Regional Campuses to compete for the title of Best Food Can Sculpture via the Let's Can Hunger Challenge, which is being sponsored nationally by Campbell's.

The Campbell's Let's Can Hunger Challenge is a comprehensive hunger challenge that includes raising awareness, translating awareness to action in the form of urgent hunger relief and empowering those in need to defeat the cycle of hunger.
Through this initiative, SIFE teams in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. will:

  • Successfully develop and execute an integrated marketing campaign to raise awareness about the issue of hunger
  • Translate awareness into action by energizing the community and sustaining increased levels of giving to those in urgent need, as demonstrated by nonperishable food and/or fund donations collected
  • Transfer knowledge, skills or resources to successfully empower individuals and/or families to defeat the cycle of hunger

The Kent State Trumbull SIFE team invited teams of two or more from the Regional Campuses to like its Facebook page, construct a food can sculpture with a minimum of 30 cans and post photos of the sculpture to its Facebook page. Photos that get the most "likes" will win the People's Choice Award.

Voting began on March 8 and will conclude on March 14. Winners will be announced on the Kent State Trumbull SIFE Facebook page on March 15.

The grand prize winner will receive $150, while the second place winner (people's choice) will take home $75, and the third-place (artist choice) winner will get a $50 Wal-Mart gift card.

The SIFE mission is to bring together the top leaders of today and tomorrow to create a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business. Considering relevant social, environmental and economic factors, SIFE teams effectively empower people in need by applying business and economic concepts and an entrepreneurial approach to improve the quality of life and standard of living for their target audience.

Posted March 12, 2012

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