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Kent State University at Stark to Host Famed Drummer and Television Personality Max Weinberg

Max Weinberg

Kent State University at Stark will proudly host renowned drummer Max Weinberg as the season's third event in the popular Featured Speakers Series. An Evening with Max Weinberg will be presented on Monday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Timken Great Hall, located in the University Center at Kent State Stark.

Tickets are required for this free Featured Speakers Series lecture. Get tickets by visiting the Kent State Stark Information Desk in Main Hall, beginning Monday, Feb. 7, at 8 a.m. while supplies last. There is a limit of four tickets per person and phone reservations will not be accepted.

Max Weinberg is one of the most visible and recorded drummers of the late 20th century. As the long-time drummer for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band and director of the featured band on Late Night with Conan O' Brien, he has performed for millions of fans around the world, at Presidential inauguration galas, the Grammy Awards and the 1995 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame dedication. Having performed with some of music's biggest names, he played on both the first (Born in the U.S.A. by Springsteen) and second (Bat Out of Hell by Meatloaf) best-selling albums in rock history. Weinberg's Kent State Stark appearance will include a performance with a select group of the campus's student musicians.

For more information on Kent State Stark's Featured Speakers Series, contact Cynthia Williams at 330-244-3262 or or visit

Posted Feb. 7, 2011

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Inside Edition's Rita Cosby to Speak at Kent State on Feb. 7

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Rita Cosby

Emmy Award-winning TV host and bestselling author Rita Cosby will give a free talk on Monday, Feb. 7, at 5:30 p.m. Cosby will speak about her latest book, Quiet Hero: Secrets From My Father's Past, a tribute to her father, who was a World War II resistance fighter and prisoner of war.

Cosby is currently a special correspondent for the CBS television network's syndicated newsmagazine Inside Edition. She will address campus and community members in the FirstEnergy Auditorium in Franklin Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Cosby's talk is presented by the College of Communication and Information and the Office of International Affairs. Her visit to Northeast Ohio is being sponsored by the Ohio Chapter of the Kosciuszko Foundation, a center for Polish culture, and the Friends of Poland, a new student group at Kent State.

Earlier in the day, Cosby will speak to high school students at Kent Roosevelt High School and meet for an afternoon roundtable discussion with broadcast journalism students from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Cosby has hosted several primetime television shows on Fox News Channel and MSNBC, is a recipient of three Emmy Awards, the Jack Anderson Award for investigative excellence, the Matrix Award and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. She also earned Cosmopolitan Magazine's "Fun and Fearless Female" recognition. Her first book, Blonde Ambition, was a New York Times bestseller.

For more information, call 330-672-2950 or e-mail Anne Dudley at .

Posted Feb. 7, 2011

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Library Careers Night Set for Feb. 28

Kent State University's School of Library and Information Science will host Library Careers Night 2011 in the Kent Student Center Ballroom from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 28. The program is free and open to anyone interested in pursuing a library career; attendees can explore the library job market, internships and practicum opportunities, sharpen interview skills and participate in resume reviews.

Opening speakers include Sharon Holderman, director of the Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute Library, and Joe Hecht, research analyst at Case Western Reserve University.

Local library and information professionals will staff exhibits throughout the second portion of the evening. Participants will include catalogers, academic librarians, children's and young adult librarians, public relations experts, law and medical librarians, school library media specialists, reference librarians, knowledge managements experts, archivists and special collections librarians.

Representatives from several large library systems, including the Akron-Summit County Public Library, the Cuyahoga County Public Library and the Cleveland Public Library will attend. Also participating are the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Botanical Garden and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

For more information or to RSVP, visit or contact Rhonda Filipan at A similar event is scheduled for March 28 at the school's Columbus location in The State Library of Ohio.

Posted Feb. 7, 2011

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Annual "Make Mine With Ice" Ice-Carving Exhibition Includes Knitting Marathon

The Sixth Annual "Make Mine with Ice" Ice-Carving Exhibition takes place Feb. 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Home Savings Plaza. But this year, the Downtown Innovative Community Event (D.I.C.E.) partnership teams up with "Spread The Warmth" for a knitting marathon, fundraiser and Hat/Scarf/Mitten drive.

The ice-carving demonstration will be conducted by Kent State and The University of Akron students and faculty. Hot beverages and chili will be available for sale at Anthony's Cafe, and pastries will be offered for sale from Stahl's Bakery.

And just in case you think it's a bit too nippy outside with all that ice, we've got the warmth inside at the Standing Rock Galley, which is hosting, with the support of Pat Catan's Art and Craft Centers, the "Spread the Warmth" knitting marathon.

The marathon will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. on both Feb. 12 and 13 at the North Water Street Gallery. Experienced knitters and crotcheters will be present to assist beginners. Participants may crochet or knit for as long as they feel comfortable, with an overall goal of 40 knitted hats and scarves.

Participants are eligible for a prize drawing. Participants are also encouraged to begin beforehand and bring in the items they have already finished.

Donors can pledge a suggested $1 for every item made during the marathon or as a flat donation. Preorders will also be taken. Half of the completed items made during the marathon will be donated to a homeless shelter and half will be sold in the gallery to benefit Standing Rock Cultural Arts. Funds raised from the pledges, donations and gallery sales of knit items will be divided equally between the two groups. Any items remaining at the gallery after the season will be donated to the shelter as well.

In addition, Standing Rock Cultural Arts will collect hats, scarves, mittens and gloves at the ice-carving exhibition for those who would like to donate those items, or donations will be accepted at the gallery from Feb. 10 through March 10. All items will be donated to programs for those in need.

Call Katrina at 330-677-3273 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays or Jeff at 330-673-4970 to participate.

Posted Feb. 7, 2011

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Student Concerto Competition Winners Shine at Kent State Orchestra Concert

Scott Seaton (standing)

On Sunday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 pm in University Auditorium in Cartwright Hall, the Kent State University Orchestra, under the direction of Scott Seaton, Ph.D., will present the annual Student Concerto Competition Concert featuring the talents of two Hugh A. Glauser School of Music students who were winners of the Kent State University Concerto Competition.

The Kent State concerto competition finals, which are exclusive to Kent State students, were held in December 2010. With outside judges brought in for the finals, one winner was chosen in each of the undergraduate and graduate divisions. Winners were chosen from a pool of more than 20 finalist candidates. The prize for the two winners is the opportunity to perform their prepared concertos as soloists with the Kent State University Orchestra.

The winner for the undergraduate division is Richard Jeric, piano. Jeric is a senior piano performance major and studies with Jerry Wong, Ph.D., Kent State's Steinway artist-in-residence. Jeric is originally from Aurora, but moved with his family to Dublin, Ohio, eight years ago. Upon graduation, Jeric plans to pursue a master's degree in piano performance. Jeric has won many competitions. Most recently, he has taken prizes from the 2010 and 2008 Tuesday Musical Scholarship Competition.

Jeric will be performing Ravel's Piano Concerto in G with the Kent State Orchestra. "My piece has jazz influences and infuses soaring lyricism with high energy," says Jeric. "I am excited to bring this great piece as a soloist with the orchestra. I'm honored and humbled to have been chosen."

The graduate student winner is cellist Marlene Ballena, who is pursuing a master's in chamber music performance. Studying with Miami String Quartet artist-in-residence, Keith Robinson, Ballena is also a member of the prominent Aidan String Quartet. Originally from Lima, Peru, she travelled to the U.S. in 2003 to study with Paul York at the University of Louisville, and then to the Cleveland Institute of Music to study with Stephen Geber, former principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra. She will perform Dvorak's Concerto in B Minor. "This piece is one of the most representative works of the cello repertoire," says Ballena. "It is a dream come true being able to perform this epic piece with a full orchestra."

General admission is $10, students are $5 and Kent State students are free with ID. Payment may be made with cash or check at the door. For tickets, contact Larry Andrews at 330-673-4535 or .

For more information, call the concert hotline at 330-672-3609 or visit

By Effie Tsengas

Posted Feb. 7, 2011

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Meditation Group Offered at Women's Center This Wednesday

The Women's Center yoga and meditation series has met with great success and is being expanded to include a lunchtime meditation drop-in group for faculty and staff. This semester, meditation was introduced through a series of three well-received brown bag lunches.

Monthly guided meditation will be offered on the second Wednesday of each month, from noon to 1 p.m, beginning Dec. 8 and ending May 11, 2011. There is no registration or fee required and all sessions are held at the Women's Center Carriage House.

The instructor, Margot Milcetich, has taught meditation since 1976, and hatha yoga since 1983. In the 90s, Milcetich learned through personal experience how easy it was to become overwhelmed by helping others and discovered the art of staying sane. Since 2004, she has been busy teaching and publishing though Brahmrishi Yoga, a school she founded for teaching yoga teachers.

For more information about any of the Women's Center programs, call 330-672-9230.

Posted Feb. 7, 2011

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Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling Two-Day Workshop Offered in March

Gregory R. Hancock, Ph.D., of the University of Maryland, will present a Structural Equation Modeling workshop on Friday, March 11, in Moulton Ballroom and also on Saturday, March 12, in Room 102 of Kent Hall. The workshop is in two sessions on each day, the first spanning 8:30 a.m. to noon, and the second session from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The objective of the workshop is to develop an understanding of structural equation modeling using SIMPLIS/LISREL, building on principles of multiple regression.

The cost for Kent State graduate students is $50. For Kent State faculty and staff, the cost is $100. There is an additional charge of $20 for continuing education credits for psychology, nursing and counseling professionals.

The registration deadline is March 1, 2011. If an attendee cancels registration prior to March 1, a full refund is available. After March 1, only half of the registration fee will be refunded.

The event is hosted by the Human Development Center and the Coordinating Center for Quantitative Methodology at Kent State University.

Hancock is professor and chair in the Department of Measurement, Statistics and Evaluation at the University of Maryland, College Park, and director of the Center for Integrated Latent Variable Research (CILVR). His research interests include structural equation modeling, latent growth models and the use of latent variables in (quasi) experimental design.

To register, go to For more information, contact Greg Smith, Ph.D., at .

By Jaime Ramos

Posted Feb. 7, 2011

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Kent State Hosts "Explore Kent Chemistry Day" for High School Juniors and Seniors

High school juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to learn about Kent State University's chemistry programs at the "Explore Kent Chemistry Day" on Saturday, Feb. 12, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Williams Hall on the Kent Campus.

"This event provides an excellent introduction to the chemistry and biochemistry programs at Kent State," says Dr. Michael Tubergen, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Kent State. "Chemistry and biochemistry graduates find opportunities for employment both locally and throughout the United States. Many students choose to pursue graduate education or professional training in medicine, dentistry or pharmacy."

The day's activities include a tour of the department, an outline of degree programs and undergraduate research opportunities, an overview of available scholarships, and a presentation of career opportunities in chemistry. A special demonstration will take place in the department's 3-D visualization classroom. Current Kent State students and faculty will be available to answer questions during an informal lunch, where two $50 Amazon gift cards will be raffled.

Kent State's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in chemistry, including a concentration in biochemistry and an interdisciplinary program in biotechnology.

"Explore Kent Chemistry Day" will begin in the lobby area of Williams Hall. For more information or to register for the event, call 330-672-2405 or e-mail .

Posted Feb. 7, 2011

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