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Kent State Athletic Trainer Kimberly Peer Named to OATA Hall of Fame

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Kimberly Peer, Ed.D., Athletic Training
Education Program undergraduate and
graduate coordinator and associate
professor at Kent State, will be inducted
into the Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association
Hall of Fame (OATA) on May 11.

Kimberly Peer, Ed.D., Athletic Training Education Program undergraduate and graduate coordinator and associate professor at Kent State, has recently been named to the Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame (OATA). Peer’s induction will be at the OATA symposium and awards banquet in Akron on May 11. Candidates for this prestigious award are nominated by their peers, making this a most-revered honor.

Peer received her B.S. from Kent State University in 1986, M.A. from Western Michigan in 1988, and Ed.D. from the University of Akron in 2001. She has been very active in the Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association, having served as external vice president and president. Peer has also served or led many OATA committees. She received the OATA Athletic Trainer of the Year Award in 2001. Some of the many awards she has received are NATA Service Award, GLATA Outstanding Educator Award, GLATA Outstanding Women in Athletic Training Award and NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award.

Peer is well-recognized as a speaker and author. She has presented locally, statewide and nationally. Physician and Sports Medicine, Journal of Athletic Training and Athletic Therapy Today are some of the publications where her articles have been published. She is known for her presentations and articles on ethics education, especially in the field of athletic training. Peer is co-author of Professional Ethics in Athletic Training, which is the first of its kind for athletic training.

In a letter of support for Peer, a colleague wrote, “Kim leads with honor, integrity, ethics and a never ending passion. She is a mentor to others, whether it is her students, co-workers or fellow athletic trainers from the state, district or country." 

Another colleague says, "Kim has been a dynamic contributor to the field of athletic training through her service to the association, her active involvement in educational programming and in her mentoring of colleagues and future professionals. Her résumé includes work within the clinical, collegiate and high school levels of athletic training, each with exemplary results."

For more information about the Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame, visit

Posted April 2, 2012

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What Does “Wellness” Mean to You?

Wellness is one of today’s current buzzwords. But what does “wellness” mean, and what are the ingredients needed for a successful workplace wellness program?

As it looks to enhance the university’s wellness program, the Division of Human Resources wants to hear from faculty and staff about their vision for a culture of health and well-being.

A comprehensive, well-designed wellness program benefits both employees and the organization. Such programs provide education and resources to assist individuals in improving their health and well-being. Research has shown that healthy employees lead more satisfying personal lives and are more productive, have fewer injuries, miss less work due to illness and spend less on healthcare.  

Rachael Decker, the university wellness coordinator, points out that every workplace population is different, and that’s why it’s important to have employee involvement in the development of a wellness program.  “We need to hear from faculty and staff about what works for them and what they prefer,” she says. “This will help us build a program that will appeal to our employees and encourage them to make healthy lifestyle choices.”

There are two ways faculty and staff can provide input during the month of April:

Employee Survey
An online survey is available April 2- 22 and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Employee spouses and dependents are also welcome to take the survey. Upon completion, participants have the option to enter a drawing to win gift cards from Panera and Laziza restaurant in downtown Kent, and an iPod. You can access the survey here.

Town Hall Meetings
Town Hall meetings will be held this month at all campuses. Regional Campus sessions will be held April 10-12. Kent Campus sessions are scheduled for April 12 (second and third shift employees), April 17-18 (faculty) and April 19 (faculty and staff). View the Town Hall session schedule.

Each session will last one hour and will involve informal, group discussion on various aspects of wellness. The facilitators will be Cathy DuBois, Ph.D., associate professor in the College of Business Administration; David DuBois, Ph.D., principal of The Social Design Group and adjunct faculty in the College of Business Administration; and members of the Human Resources Benefits staff.  No registration is required.

“These sessions will be highly interactive and will focus on the seven themes addressed in the survey: food, physical fitness, personal and social well being, health management, quality of work life and built/natural environments,” says Cathy DuBois.

For more information, contact Decker at 330-672-8368 or

Posted April 2, 2012

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What’s President Lefton Been Up to Lately?

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President Lester A. Lefton stops by a new student
orientation display for a photo in the Kent Student Center.

Want to know what Kent State University President Lester A. Lefton has been up to lately? Visit the president’s page on the Kent State website to see photos and archives and to learn more about Kent State’s president.

The page also features a photo essay of some of the activities and events Lefton attends or hosts on behalf of the university.

Click here to view the photo essay.

Posted April 2, 2012

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Nominate a Faculty Member for the Distinguished Teaching Award

The Kent State Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the Distinguished Teaching Award. Honor an unforgettable faculty member and share your favorite classroom memories of how he or she inspired you.

Sponsored by the Alumni Association since 1967, the Distinguished Teaching Award is the university’s most prestigious honor in teaching for full-time, tenure-track faculty. The award is presented annually to three full-time faculty members who demonstrate extraordinary teaching in the classroom and a devotion to touching the lives of students. Qualified nominees include Kent State tenure-track faculty who are currently employed by the university.

In addition to submitting a nomination, faculty and staff can help promote the Distinguished Teaching Award to students and encourage them to recommend a faculty member. Visit for the nomination form and detailed eligibility requirements.

Deadline for nominations is June 30, 2012.

Posted April 2, 2012 | Lindsay Kuntzman

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WKSU Spring Fund Drive a Success

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WKSU reporter and host Jeff St. Clair produces a show
in a radio station studio.

With record-breaking temperatures, WKSU welcomed the season with a successful spring drive, bringing in more than $417,000. The on-air campaign is one of two 10-day drives the station holds each year. Money raised during the drives is an essential part of WKSU’s operating budget and comes from listeners throughout Northeast Ohio – and even across the country, thanks to the audience accessing WKSU through online streaming. The campaign total included 2,028 pledges averaging $205.72.

“Our listeners came through by supporting the high-quality public radio programming that WKSU provides,” says WKSU Executive Director Al Bartholet. “The beautiful weather made everything even brighter. We can now look forward to creating more great radio for Northeast Ohio.”

During the spring drive, donations came into the station through phone calls to volunteers, mail solicitations and the online form at Learn more about donating to WKSU at

Posted April 2, 2012 | Bob Burford

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Free eTutoring to Expand in Ohio

All institutions of higher learning invited to join eTutoring collaborative

The Ohio Board of Regents has announced expanded access to free online tutoring for students enrolled in Ohio’s university system. While eTutoring has been offered on 21 college campuses in Ohio, beginning this year, all public and private institutions of higher learning in the state will be invited to join the Ohio eTutoring Collaborative, free of charge to the university and to the students.

“We have in Ohio, one of the strongest collaborative teams of higher education institutions in the country – all working together to help students complete their degrees,” says Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Jim Petro.  “In an effort to better meet the needs of students, we are proud to offer this expanded eTutoring service for students across the state.”

How Free eTutoring Works
Students enrolled in Ohio’s university system access free online tutoring in various subjects, including accounting, anatomy and physiology, biology, calculus, chemistry, math and statistics. The eTutoring service also includes an online writing lab. Additional academic disciplines will be implemented as the program expands. Students can access the eTutoring site through their college website. Some universities offer their own online tutoring.

Throughout the week, students can receive real-time online tutoring sessions. Making use of a camera, microphone and whiteboard, tutors from participating institutions assist students as they work through their mathematical or science concepts, for example. Students also can post questions that do not require immediate answers.

Writing students use the eTutoring platform by uploading papers for review. Participating higher education institutions provide eTutoring tutors who make suggestions to writers, pointing out areas for improvement. Papers, written for any undergraduate course, may be reviewed by trained tutors from any of the participating colleges and universities. Grammar questions also can be posted.

A clearinghouse of electronic academic resources is available when students access the eTutoring website via the student’s home university page.

Participating public and private universities screen and provide the qualified tutors. Approximately 2,400 students took advantage of free eTutoring last fall. The number of students is expected to grow as more universities take part.  Hours of availability vary, but generally tutors are available from 9 a.m. until 11 p.m., every day. 

Currently, participating schools pay an annual fee for the eTutoring service. Under the new arrangement, eStudent Services, a consortium of OH-Tech, will underwrite the annual fee for all interested public and private institutions. 

For more information, contact Karen D. Boyd, Ohio eTutoring Collaborative, at or 614-728-3141.

Posted April 2, 2012

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