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Kent State Offers Region’s Only Online Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Public Health Program

Applications are still being accepted for Fall 2012

Across the globe and in their living rooms, health care professionals and current students alike can now achieve a public health degree or certificate at Kent State University – the only online accelerated Bachelor of Science in Public Health program in the region.

Kent State’s College of Public Health educates and trains students to meet the current and projected shortage of public health professionals in Ohio and the nation. Students will learn valuable skills to gain new employment or advance within their organizations. Through this unique program, healthcare professionals can even get college credit for a professional allied health license.

“We are pleased to be the first in the region to offer this new online accelerated public health program,” says Thomas W. Brewer, Ph.D., associate dean for undergraduate academic affairs and associate professor of social and behavioral sciences with the College of Public Health at Kent State. “We are considering our future students’ real-life obligations. This degree provides the flexibility to effectively manage work, family and other household responsibilities while working to complete this degree 100 percent online.”

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree broadly prepares students to enter the workforce as a public health professional or enter an advanced program of study. Students explore the five disciplines of public health: biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, health policy and management, and the social and behavioral sciences.

Students will help address the public health challenges of the 21st century. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Labor and Statistics, the health sector will add more than 1.4 million workers in the next 10 years.

Applications are still being accepted for the Fall 2012 Semester. For more details, please visit or contact Kent State’s College of Public Health by calling toll-free 1-855-KSU-COPH (1-855-578-2674) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or emailing

To learn more about Kent State’s College of Public Health, visit

Posted July 16, 2012

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Last Call to Submit Your 1960s Photos for Exhibit in Kent State’s New May 4 Visitors Center

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Photos that show what people looked like, what they
experienced and what they cared about in the 1960s are
being sought for the May 4 Visitors Center gallery at Kent
State that will open this fall.

Your photo memories can be a part of the Kent State University May 4 Visitors Center exhibit. Send your photos that show what people looked like, what they experienced and what they cared about in the 1960s. Submit your photos by July 31.

“Selected photos will be displayed in the May 4 Visitors Center’s gallery 1, which sets the May 4 story in its time,” says Laura Davis, professor of English and faculty coordinator for May 4 initiatives at Kent State. “We’re looking for home photos taken between 1950 and 1970. We’d like to show people from all walks of life, engaging in their everyday lives in the ‘60s.”

On May 4, 1970, members of the Ohio National Guard fired at demonstrators, wounding 13 Kent State students, four of them fatally. Many consider May 4 a turning point in the course of the Vietnam War and the Nixon presidency. The 10-year legal battle that followed May 4 raised important Constitutional questions and set precedent in the U.S. Supreme Court. The event also led to reform in military policy.

Opening this fall, the May 4 Visitors Center at Kent State will tell the May 4 story, set against the political and cultural changes of the 1960s. The center will be located in Taylor Hall, adjacent to the May 4 Memorial on the Kent Campus.

For information about submitting your photos, visit

Posted July 16, 2012

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Kent State University to Enhance Kent Campus Entrance From State Route 261

As part of overall campus aesthetic improvements, changes are planned for the Campus Center Drive entrance to the Kent Campus from State Route 261.

“The university plans to enhance the gateway in this area to alert travelers who travel from the south that they have found their entry into Kent State,” says Brian Pickering, project manager – landscape architect in the Office of the University Architect at Kent State. “We want to make it more of an arrival point to campus — one that is welcoming and more distinctive — so that you know that you have arrived at Kent State University.”

Michael Bruder, director of design and construction with Kent State’s Office of the University Architect, agrees that the enhancements are necessary because the location is one of the main arrival points to the campus.

“This is an important place to announce arrival to the campus,” Bruder says. “We will change the look of the landscape to a more maintained and manicured area, as opposed to the current wooded area, to make it immediately clear to campus visitors that they have arrived at the Kent Campus.”

Planned improvements include selective pruning and removal of trees for long-term health of more trees, planting of grass and landscape beds, additional visitor parking and visitor signs and a digital event sign to announce important university events.

Pickering says that enhancing the views of campus is important for branding, recruitment and safety as people can see further back from the road to the campus buildings.

Safety and enhancing the gateway into campus was addressed in March when trees were cleared at Campus Center Drive and State Route 261. The line of sight for cars traveling through that busy intersection was improved. Additional pruning and removal will continue as part of the first phase of work at the campus entrance. New parking and signage work will continue into the fall semester.

For more information about the Office of the University Architect, visit

Posted July 16, 2012

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Kent State Faculty and Staff Members Offer “Staycation” Recommendations

In response to the July 2 e-Inside story “Fun and Affordable Staycation Ideas for This Summer,” Susan Iverson, assistant professor in the College of Education, Health and Human Services, and Anne Palmieri, senior secretary with University Communications and Marketing, offer their recommendations on how to have a fun, yet affordable “staycation.”

“My "staycation" suggestion is West Branch State Park in Ravenna. The campground is consistently rated tops in the state and it has a lovely free beach,” says Iverson. “You can rent kayaks from Kent State’s Student Recreational and Wellness Center, as I’ve done, and take them out to the park for the weekend.”

Palmieri says there are simple rules to follow to have a fun and relaxing “staycation.”

“Do not answer your phone or door, do not open your mail or mow your lawn and do not think for even one second that you could get some quick chores done because it’s never really possible,” Palmieri says.  “Next, add some of the following things to your ‘to-do’ list: sleep in, then lay in bed for another half hour before getting up, go out to breakfast, read a book in your lounge chair outside under a tree, try a new recipe, watch the sunset or spend some time star gazing, watch a few shows or movies that have been saved on the DVR or better yet, revisit some old home movies. Nothing can bring more joy than hearing your 20-something-year-old children laugh when they were two.”

Posted July 16, 2012

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