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Spring 2011 Bowman Breakfast Features Medical Speaker

This spring's Bowman Breakfast topic is "Medical Research and Education: Good for the Health of Ohioans…Good for the Health of Ohio's Economy." Jay A Gershen, D.D.S., Ph.D., president of Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy, will speak at the event, which is scheduled for Thursday, April 7.

Doors open at 7 a.m. Breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m., and the program will start at 8 a.m. in the Kent Student Center ballroom. The cost is $9 per person at the door.

Reservations can be made online until Monday, April 4. To cancel a reservation, contact Mary Mandalari at 330-672-8664 or No-shows will be billed.

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

Special Accommodation Request: We will endeavor to comply with any special Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodation request, or to accommodate specific needs. Please direct requests to the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion via Brenda Duncan at or 330-672-8130. Posted March 14, 2011

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Ethics and Diversity Educator Named 2011 McGruder Award for Media Diversity Winner

Caesar Andrews, an ethics and diversity faculty member at the Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, is the recipient of the 2011 Robert G. McGruder Award from Kent State's School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The award recognizes the accomplishments of media professionals who encourage diversity in the field of journalism.

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Caesar Andrews

Leon Bibb, an anchor for WEWS-TV NewsChannel5 in Cleveland, will receive the Diversity in Media Distinguished Leadership Award.

The awards program will take place on March 17 at an invitation-only luncheon event.

The McGruder Lecture will take place after the luncheon, beginning at 1:15 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Kiva. The lecture is free and open to the public and no RSVP is required.

About Andrews:
Andrews began teaching ethics and diversity in January 2011 at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He is the school's Edith Kinney Gaylord Visiting Professor in Ethics for the spring semester.

Andrews previously served as a guest journalism professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, in 2010, and in a similar visiting position at Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va., in fall 2009.

He was a senior editor for nearly 30 years in Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C. New York and Michigan, where he completed his Gannett Company career in 2008 as executive editor of the Detroit Free Press. He was elected president of the Associated Press Managing Editors in 2002 and served as an officer of the American Society of News Editors until 2008. He is currently a board member for the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and for the Student Press Law Center.

Andrews earned a bachelor's in journalism at Grambling State University in Grambling, La.

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Leon Bibb
About Bibb:

Bibb has been delivering the news since he was 11 years old as a paper boy in Cleveland. Now, he is the anchor of NewsChannel5 at noon and 6 p.m.

Prior to joining NewsChannel5 in 1995, Bibb, a veteran journalist and broadcaster, worked at WKYC-TV 3, Cleveland's NBC affiliate. He held several positions there after joining the station in 1979, including news anchor and general assignment reporter. Earlier in his career, Bibb worked as a weekday anchor and reporter for WCMH-TV in Columbus and as a news reporter at WTOL-TV in Toledo. He began his journalism career as a news reporter for The Plain Dealer.

Bibb is the first African-American news anchor in the state of Ohio.

About McGruder:
The late Robert G. McGruder, a 1963 Kent State graduate, was a pioneer in both diversity and in the field of journalism. He was the first black editor of the Daily Kent Stater and the first black reporter for The Plain Dealer. In 1995, he was the first black to become president of the Associated Press Managing Editors group and in 1996, he became the first black editor at the Detroit Free Press.

For more information, contact event coordinator Gene Shelton, assistant professor and academic diversity advisor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Posted March 14, 2011

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Festival of the Arts at Kent State Stark Set to Entertain on March 19

Interfaith Campus Ministry will present a Festival of the Arts, featuring the talents of students and faculty from Kent State University at Stark's fine arts programs, on Saturday, March 19 from 5 - 8 p.m. in the Kent State Stark Fine Arts building.

Tickets are free with a current ID for students of Kent State Stark and Stark State College and children eight years and younger. For all other students and adults, tickets are $10 each. For tickets and information, visit Proceeds from the event will benefit scholarships for students in fine arts programs.

The Festival of the Arts program schedule is as follows:

5 - 5:30 p.m.: Arrival, welcome and seating

5:30 - 6:15 p.m.: Opening performance by Departments of Music and Theatre

6:15 - 7:30 p.m.: Arts exhibition, featuring studio art, music, music technology and spoken word

7:30 - 8 p.m.: Performance by jazz and studio ensembles

The event will also include a wide display of student artwork and an opportunity for younger attendees to work with clay art in the studio. Creative writing students will be accompanied by the jazz ensemble for a combined musical and verbal arts performance and music technology students will give hands-on demonstrations on the lab equipment. Refreshments will be available during the evening.

The Festival of the Arts is sponsored by Interfaith Campus Ministry and the fine arts departments at Kent State Stark. To learn more about Interfaith Campus Ministry, visit or contact executive director Michael Gleason at 330-244-3282 or Posted March 14, 2011

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Women’s Center Seeks Shoe Donations for Upcoming Walk a Mile in Her Shoes March

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Flash gets in the spirit by wearing high
heels in support of the event.

Cleaning out your closet before spring? The Kent State University Women's Center is seeking high-heeled shoe donations for the upcoming Walk a Mile in Her Shoes march. The donated shoes will be offered to men who support the cause to use during the one-mile march.

Donate women's shoes size nine or larger by April 1, 2011 to support the event, which bills itself as The International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender.Donation boxes are located at the Women's Center, University Communications and Marketing, the Athletic Department, the Student Recreation and Wellness Center and at the Kent Interhall Council.

The mission of the April 13 march is to create a united gender movement where men are a part of the solution to end sexualized violence by marching a mile in high-heeled shoes. Men and women are invited to walk in the event. The event aims to educate and raise awareness of sexual assault and domestic violence in an unusual way.

For more information about the event or shoe donations, contact Amanda Roder, program coordinator at

By Sarah James

Posted March 14, 2011

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Kent Reads, Kent Writes Series Continues

Kent Reads, Kent Writes is a read-aloud series presented by University Libraries. The Kent Reads, Kent Writes series features engaging and thoughtful Kent State University faculty, administrators, alumni and current students reading aloud from meaningful works of literature, poetry, original creative writings and nonfiction.

The Kent Reads, Kent Writes series is free and open to the public. Join us every Thursday from 3-4 p.m. in the lobby of the Library on the Kent Campus. Light refreshments will be provided.

The current list of speakers is:

March 17: Mike Olszewski authorof Radio Daze: Stories from the Front in Cleveland's FM Air Wars

March 31: Mark Dawidziak andPaul Bauer, coauthors of Jim Tully: American Writer, Irish Rover, Hollywood Brawler (forthcoming in May 2011)

April 7: Jason Prufer

April 14: Dr. John R. Crawford

April 21 - TBD

April 28: Tom Batiuk, author of Lisa's Story: The Other Shoe

For more information about the series, contact Diane Sperko at .

Posted March 14, 2011

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Mailing Workshop Series Presented by Mail Services Available for Spring

Mail Services is again hosting a series of one-hour seminars about best practices and distribution of mail through the United States Postal Service. Join us to learn and explore the sometimes confusing rules and regulations that Kent State's mail needs to adhere to in order to obtain the best postage rates and delivery times.

The final two sessions in the series are:

Using USPS Package Services:

Thursday, March 17, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Room 320, Kent Student Center

Learn about:

  • Proper package addressing and labeling
  • Shipping first class packages
  • Parcel packages
  • Priority
  • Express

Successfully Utilizing the Mail

Thursday, April 7, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Room 320, Kent Student Center

Learn about:

  • Presorted mail
  • Automated mail
  • Business reply mail
  • Tips to help your mail get opened and/or read

The seminars are free, and participants are encouraged to share mailing concerns or problems.

Please RSVP your attendance on the Human Resource website at

For additional information, contact Steve Finley at or 330-672-8703.

Posted March 14, 2011

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Learn About the New Health Informatics Program During Virtual Open House March 23

Beginning fall 2011, Kent State University will help to address the rising demand for health information professionals with a new field of study known as "health informatics."

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Michael Bice

Health informatics (HI) is a new concentration in the Information Architecture and Knowledge Management program, housed within Kent State's School of Library and Information Science. All courses will be online, except for a one-week summer workshop to be held at Kent State. Students can choose either a master's degree or a certificate option, depending on their experience and career aspirations.

Michael O. Bice, Kent State professor and former health care executive, leads the HI program. He says the degree will appeal mainly to physicians, nurses and other professionals already working in health care.

"One look at the headlines will tell you that health informatics professionals are in great demand across the country, and will continue to be needed as federal mandates for electronic health information networks are implemented," Bice says.

Bice will host an online open house on Wednesday, March 23, at noon, for anyone interested in learning about career opportunities in this field or about Kent State's new program. His co-presenter will be Dave Fiser, vice president and chief information officer for Akron General Health System. Visit to register.

Health informatics is the science that defines how health information is captured, analyzed, transmitted and managed, especially with regard to the delivery of health care. Corporate health care IT professionals will teach many of the classes, including, for example, clinical decision support, legal issues in health informatics, health information systems, leadership and organizational change, to cite just a few.

Bonnie Bartos, a graduate of Kent State's nursing program who is now a senior engagement leader at Lighthouse, Cerner Corp., says, "One of the major challenges in health care and health information technology today is the lack of health care clinicians and professionals who are specifically focused on IT and health care. The IT whiz-kid who just graduated from college doesn't understand the clinical side or how we are using technology to improve patient care," she says.

"Instead, we need to educate clinicians to understand the IT side of health care health information management and how the two disciplines can work together to improve care delivery, patient outcomes and the financial bottom line. That's where I believe Kent State's health informatics program can fill a big gap in the workforce."

For more information about the program or the open house, visit

Posted March 14, 2011

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Learn How to be Happy at Workshop Series

The Faculty Professional Development Center is sponsoring a free five-day workshop for faculty and staff. Out of the Matrix is focused on teaching individuals about happiness and the benefits of being happy. The knowledge learned can be applied in both the workplace and at home, and can result in more peace of mind, better productivity, more self-confidence and a greater sense of purpose.

The instructor is Dr. Walter Davis, a Kent State professor emeritus. The sessions will be held every Wednesday for five weeks, from March 30 through April 27, from 2:30 -5 p.m. in the Kent Student Center.

Registration is required and can be completed at For more information please go to, or contact Davis at 330-931-1116 or

Posted March 14, 2011

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Spring Seminar Visual Stories of Deafhood Presented by Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion cordially invites you to attend a spring seminar on Wednesday, April 6, from 1 to 3 p.m. titled Visual Stories of Deafhood. The seminar will be conducted in Room 317 of the Kent Student Center.

Presenters Patti Durr and Karen Christie will provide an introduction to the culture of deaf people via an innovative visual textbook showcasing artistic and literary expressions of the deaf experience. These cultural artifacts serve to celebrate and maintain the values, norms and traditions of deaf people, and thus are the heart of deaf culture. Highlights of this interactive DVD feature an historical overview and samples of works from five different genres (American sign language literature, English literature, visual art, deaf theatre, and deaf cinema). Excerpts from in-depth video interviews of deaf playwrights, visual artists, poets and filmmakers will also be shown and discussed.

Durr and Christie are associate professors in the Department of Cultural and Creative Studies at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) in Rochester, N.Y. Christie also teaches in the Masters of Science in Secondary Education program at NTID. Durr is a filmmaker who has created films and developed educational websites on deaf art and deaf artists ( as well as deaf individuals and World War II (

To register, please follow the link below to the ABC Signup system:

For additional information, contact Diane Matasek at or 330-672-8540.

Posted March 14, 2011

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Made in India: Indian Textiles, Global Markets Exhibit Closing Soon

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The Kent State University Museum is proud to present the exhibition Made in India: Indian Textiles, Global Markets, open now until March 20, 2011 in the Stager and Blum Galleries. Rather than simply explore the rich and varied textile traditions of India, this exhibit aims to trace the complex influences that Indian textiles have had on fashions in Europe and America.

While the exhibit concentrates on objects that were made in India, the cultural exchanges in the realm of textiles and clothing over the past two centuries have gone in both directions. Not only have Indian clothing and textiles travelled to the West and served as enrichment and inspiration, Western designs and goods have, in turn, exerted an undeniable influence of their own.

Textiles and clothing in India are more than striking representatives of the nation’s creativity and ingenuity – they have played an integral role in the cultural, political and economic shifts that the nation has faced through the twentieth century.

Through the establishment of unequal conditions for the textile industries, the British stifled the handloom industry in India in favor of its own production of machine woven cotton. Raw materials were imported from India to Britain where they were woven then re-exported back for sale in India. Rather than a free exchange of goods and ideas, Britain hampered Indian production and trade through restrictions and taxation.

The array of items selected for this exhibition demonstrate the reciprocal exchange of goods and styles that occurred between India and the West, but moreover attest to the central role that textiles have had in this oftentimes fraught relationship.

For more information, visit the websiteor contact Sara Hume at 330-672-3450.

Posted March 14, 2011 | Rebecca Mohr

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Getting a Clearer Perspective on Corporate Website User Experience

How does a $13 billion company redesign its website? With some help from its users!

Join us for a presentation by Ben Woods, User Experience Lead at Eaton Corporation, to find out how and the entire Eaton online landscape are changing, and how Eaton applied user experience principles in its redesign.

The presentation takes place Monday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Tannery Conference Room, located within the Tannery at 138 E. Main Street, Suite 203. On-street parking is available.

Woods is a graduate of and teaches as an adjunct for the Information Architecture and Knowledge Management program at Kent State, which is sponsoring his presentation. The event is free and open to the public.

There will be a WebEx feed, but no recorded archive of the meeting because of proprietary issues. For more information, e-mail or call the Tannery at 330-672-7300. Posted March 14, 2011

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Standing Rock Event a Prelude to Annual Earth Day Events

Standing Rock Cultural Arts, with the support of Totally Cooked Catering and Abruzzo's Wine and Homebrew Supply, presents the fourth annual "Go with the Flow" Watershed Awareness Local Brew and Wine Tasting Fundraiser to support the fifth annual “Who’s Your Mama?” Earth Day and environmental film festival, which takes place in April.

The fundraiser will take place Saturday, March 19, from 6-10 p .m. at the North Water Street Gallery, 257 N. Water Street.

A $20 donation is suggested.

For reservations or more information, call 330-673-4970 or e-mail

For more information about Standing Rock Cultural Arts, go to

For more information about the “Who’s Your Mama” events, go to

Posted March 14, 2011

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