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2011 Celebration of Scholarship to Showcase Faculty and Student Research and Creativity

Since 1995, the University Research Council has sponsored an annual Celebration of Scholarship event. This year's Celebration of Scholarship is scheduled for Friday, April 15. The celebration showcases research and creative activity and acknowledges, rewards and supports the culture of research and inquiry at Kent State University. All of the events are free and open to the public. Registration is required for the Distinguished Scholar Awards Luncheon.

The events for Celebration of Scholarship on April 15 include:

  • From 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., student posters, exhibits, demonstrationsandperformances from each college will be held in the public areas of the University Library

  • From 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., the Distinguished Scholar Awards will be presented at a luncheon event in Room 306 of the Kent Student Center. The winners of the 2011 Distinguished Scholar Award are: Theodore Albrecht, Ph.D., School of Music, Ran Barniv, Ph.D., Department of Accounting; and Declan Keane, Ph.D., Department of Physics. Registration is required to attend the luncheon.

  • From 3 – 5 p.m., a Faculty Recognition Program Reception will be held in the quiet study area on the first floor of the University Library. Plated books will be on display and commemorative booklets will be available. Provost Robert Frank will recognize the faculty members who have received tenure and/or promotion in the last year. Family, friends and colleagues are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

2011 Celebration of Scholarship is organized and sponsored by the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs, University Libraries and Division of Graduate Studies.

More information is available online. Posted April 4, 2011

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Bowman Breakfast Is This Week

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 April 4, 2011

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Unique Fashion Show to Benefit Habitat for Humanity Struts its Stuff April 9

Paint color samples, duct tape and old T-shirts: They're not the typical materials featured in a fashion show. But Kent State fashion design students will utilize these and more to construct outfits for Building Fashion 2011, hosted by Kent State Habitat for Humanity, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, in the Kent Student Center Ballroom.

The fashion show is one of Kent State Habitat for Humanity's largest fundraisers, with all proceeds donated to Portage County Habitat for Humanity. Volunteer designers from Kent State's School of Fashion Design and Merchandising are asked to create garments made from common construction and building materials, such as construction tape and roof shingles. A panel of judges then chooses the winning designer.

"Building Fashion is an awesome way for participants to express themselves in a creative way with different materials, all while making a difference in their own community," says Jackson McGreevy, co-president of Kent State Habitat for Humanity and junior aeronautical studies major from Lakewood.

Last year's inaugural show raised more than $1,200 and this year, the show's organizers are hoping for an even larger dollar amount.

"We've been working hard to make our second year better than the first," says Ryan Carr, co-president of Kent State Habitat for Humanity and junior aeronautical systems engineering major from Pittsburgh. "We want to raise money, but also raise awareness for our organization and show people how they can get involved."

Kent State Habitat for Humanity functions as a support organization to Portage County Habitat for Humanity. The organization provides volunteers, hosts fundraisers and works to advocate and educate students on campus.

"Many students aren't aware that homelessness is a big problem in Portage County," McGreevy says. "Many of the events we do throughout the course of the year are to raise awareness about this problem that's happening close to home."

Building Fashion 2011 is bringing many students together to support Habitat for Humanity. Abby Gelsomino, a junior fashion design major from Lakewood, is volunteering this year as a designer for the first time.

"I volunteered to participate in the Habitat for Humanity fashion show because it is a way for me to use my specific talents towards a great organization," Gelsomino says. "The show is an awesome way to get other people on campus involved. If people aren't in it, they can come and watch, and it should be a great night."

Tickets for the fashion show are $5, and can be purchased from April 4–8 in the Kent Student Center and at the door on April 9.

For more information about Building Fashion 2011, email or

By Sarah Lack

Posted April 4, 2011

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Honors College Celebrates Annual Honors Week, April 10-16

Kent State University's Honor College will celebrate its annual Honors Week from April 10-16. The celebration includes a wide range of activities focused on recognizing honors throughout the university.

Emily Orianswill present her honors thesis display, A Picture Tells a Thousand Years, in the Kent State University Museum on Sunday, April 10. Her exhibit is open during regular museum hours until Tuesday, May 3. President's Scholars will shine with poster presentations and a reception on Friday, April 15, from 3-5 p.m. in the Honors Library located in Stopher Hall.

The week's centerpiece is the Guest of Honor University Artist/Lecture Series featuring "My Wacky Adventures in Race and Racism," by Nancy Giles. Giles is a CBS Sunday Morning contributor, comedian and actress. The lecture is scheduled for Wednesday, April 13, at 5 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Kiva. The event is free and open to the public.

Finally, the annual Senior Honors Luncheon will conclude Honors Week on Saturday, April 16, at 11:30 a.m. in the Kent Student Center. The invitation-only luncheon recognizes senior honors graduates.

For more information about any of the Honors Week events, contact Deb Craig at or 330-672-2312.

By Carrie Drummond

Posted April 4, 2011

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Highly Anticipated Spring Fashion Show Takes to the Runway April 16

The Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising is currently preparing for its 2011 annual fashion show. This year's production, "The Time Is Now," will take place on Saturday, April 16, at 8:30 p.m. in the University Auditorium of Cartwright Hall. Tickets are available online at . Reserved seating is available for $65, $45 or $30. Tickets will be held at the Cartwright Hall box office the night of the show.

This year's fashion show will feature works by 44 senior fashion design students as well as works by underclassmen.

The event is open to the public. For more information, visit

Posted April 4, 2011

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Careers in Public Health Information Session to be Held April 6

Kent State University's College of Public Health; the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; and the Area Health Education Center are sponsoring an information session on careers in public health at Kent State on April 6. The event takes place from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in Room 317 of the Kent Student Center.

Public health is the term for a new and growing health care field focused on healthful living and prevention of disease. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that 250,000 public health jobs nationwide and 10,000 new public health jobs in Ohio will be created by 2020. Find out more about the variety of jobs included in this burgeoning field at the April 6 event.

The event is free and open to the public, and high school students are encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Kay Levandowski, academic program coordinator, at 330-672-6500 or .

Posted April 4, 2011

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Wick Poetry Center to Celebrate Release of Daniel Thompson’s The Big Book of Daniel

On Tuesday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 214 of Ritchie Hall, poets from Northeast Ohio will gather to celebrate the life and read the works of the late Daniel Thompson in recognition of the release of his collected works, The Big Book of Daniel.

Thompson was a poet, activist and advocate for the homeless. He was named the first Poet Laureate of Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

His previous books of poetry include Famous in the Neighborhood, Even the Broken Letters of the Heart Spell Earth and Comforting the Dead.

For more information, contact the Wick Poetry Center at

By Sarah James

Posted April 4, 2011

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Kent State Youth Sports Camps Again Scheduled for Summer Fun

Every summer, Kent State offers sports camps to children of all ages. These camps are overseen by Kent State athletic coaches. Camps vary from football to field hockey. Each camp fills to capacity nearly every year.

Camps include baseball, football, women's and men's basketball, wrestling, softball, track, gymnastics, soccer, field hockey and volleyball. The earliest camp to begin its session is softball, beginning on May 23. The last camp is the volleyball team camp which ends on July 17.

Kent State Intercollegiate Athletics Sports Camps afford various opportunities for young student athletes to hone their skills on their fields of play and off. Kent State provides a fun and structured environment for campers to grow as an athlete and as a sportsman.

Attendees will receive instruction in the sport's fundamentals from Kent State coaches and will have the opportunity to meet and network with other athletes who share their interests.

Registration deadlines will vary depending on the camp. The complete schedules can be found online. Registration may also be completed online.

For more information on sports camps, visit or contact Joshua Pawlus, athletic program officer, at

By Jaime Ramos

Posted April 4, 2011

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“STOMP” Coming to Kent State Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center in May

"STOMP," the international percussion sensation, makes its New Philadelphia premiere at the Performing Arts Center at Kent State University at Tuscarawas on May 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m. From its beginnings as a street performance in the United Kingdom, "STOMP" has grown into an international sensation over the past 13 years, having performed in more than 350 cities in 36 countries worldwide.

"In response to the community's desire to see "STOMP," we have been able to add this great show to our inaugural season," says Mike Morelli, general manager of the Performing Arts Center. "Their iconic style cranks up the energy and ends our season with an exclamation point!"

Directed and created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, "STOMP" continues its phenomenal run with the ongoing sell-out off-Broadway production at New York's Orpheum Theatre, a North American tour, and two productions overseas - a permanent London company and a European tour.

"STOMP," an overwhelming success marked by rave reviews, numerous awards and sell-out engagements, is the winner of an Olivier Award for Best Choreography (London's Tony Award), a New York Obie Award, a Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatre Experience, and a Special Citation from Best Plays. The young performers "make a rhythm out of anything we can get our hands on that makes a sound," says Cresswell. Stiff-bristle brooms become a sweeping orchestra; Zippo lighters flip open and closed to create a fiery fugue; wooden poles thump and clack in a rhythmic explosion. "STOMP" uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – trashcans, tea chests, plastic bags, plungers, boots and hubcaps – to fill the stage with compelling and infectious rhythms.

Tickets range in price from $28 to $58. There is an eight-ticket limit per customer.

Tickets can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center box office in person or by phone at 330-308-6400.

The complete inaugural season can be found at .

Posted April 4, 2011

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Kent State University at Stark Theatre presents “The Glass Menagerie”

Kent State University at Stark Theatre presents "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams. The final production of the 2010-11 season will be performed on April 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. and on April 10 and 17 at 2:30 p.m. in the Kent State Stark Theatre.

The opening evening is Scholarship Night. All of the proceeds from the April 8 performance will benefit music and theatre scholarships. American Sign Language interpretation will be provided for the performance on April 10.

In this classic memory play by one of America's most important dramatists, overbearing matriarch Amanda Wingfield's ambitious hopes and dreams for her children threaten to smother her painfully shy daughter, Laura, and her son, Tom, an aspiring writer. The family's precarious relationship reaches its dramatic climax with the long-awaited visit by a gentleman caller for Laura.

Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for non-Kent State students, children under 17 and senior citizens. All Kent State students are admitted free of charge with current student ID. For reservations and group rates, contact the Kent State Stark Theatre Box Office, Monday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. at 330-244-3348.

Posted April 4, 2011

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Kent State Opera Presents Semele April 9

The Hugh A. Glauser School of Music and Kent State Opera will present George Frideric Handel's exquisite opera "Semele," on April 9 at 7:30 Ludwig Recital Hall at 1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, Ohio. The performance will be sung in English.

Semele tells of the ill-fated love between Semele, daughter of the king of Thebes, and the god Jupiter. Derived from Roman mythology, the story is full of passion, jealousy and revenge as Jupiter's wife, Juno, seeks to destroy Semele. Kent State's production takes a comic and updated look at this opera, which was first performed in 1744.

Directed by familiar Northeast Ohio performer and Kent State Opera Artistic Director Fenlon Lamb, the production will feature the talents of 21 students from the School of Music and the School of Theatre and Dance. Guest tenor Scott Mello will appear in the role of Jupiter. Mello has been heard locally in performance with Apollo's Fire. The Kent State Orchestra, conducted by Scott Seaton, will accompany the opera.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $8 for any students with ID. Advance reservations may be made by calling Kerry Glann at 330-672-2485. Tickets will also be available at the door. Cash and check are accepted.

For more information visit www.kent/

Posted April 4, 2011

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Open Mic Night Comes to Kent State Trumbull

Kent State University at Trumbull students Adreanne Zeleny and Ging-han Bien are partnering with the Office of Student Activities to present Open Mic Night on Thursday, April 7, from 6 - 8 p.m. in Room 202 of the Classroom-Administration Building.

The scheduled performers are:

Angela 'Fro' Lodwick - Stand Up Comedian
Chris Wineland - Stand Up Comedian
Dan Nelson - Stand Up Comedian
Paul Ware - Poet
Aaron Fletcher – R and B Singer/Songwriter
Rebecca Maher - Short Story Reading
Anthony Savatt - Stand Up Comedian
Salam Farhan/Nelson Reep - Music Duo

Each act will receive a five-minute, on-stage performance window.

Admission is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact Zeleny at .

Posted April 4, 2011

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School of Art Students Show Work in Thesis Exhibition

Kent State University's School of Art announces the Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, on view March 29 – April 8 in the gallery of the School of Art. Featured this year are four graduate artists using an interesting mix of materials representing both studio divisions. The exhibitors are Jonathan Schwarz (ceramics), Nicole Calderon (painting/drawing), Dena Gershon (fibers) and Andrew Simmons (ceramics).

A closing reception will take place on Friday, April 8 from 5-8 p.m. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibit is open to the public.

For more information visit

Posted April 4, 2011

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Sustainable Fashion Exhibit to Open at Kent State University Museum April 8

The Kent State University Museum will open Sustainable Fashion: Exploring the Paradox,which will beon exhibit April 8, 2011, through March 18, 2012, in theStager and Blum Galleries. The exhibit is guest curated by Noél Palomo-Lovinski, fashion designer and professor in the School of Fashion Design and Merchandising.

Two free public receptions will be held. Guests can attend on Wednesday, April 13, from 3 – 5 p.m. or Thursday, April 14, from 6 – 8 p.m. The
museum is open Wednesdays, 10 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.; Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4:45 p.m.

Sustainable Fashion: Exploring the Paradoxis a comprehensive look at sustainable practices in fashion. The multibillion dollar fashion industry is in a powerful position to make significant changes to the social and physical environments in which we live. The problems in creating clothing are overwhelming. They are systemic in all facets of production, retail, maintenance and then disposal, and create a crisis of environmental and social concerns.

The designers featured in this exhibition are approaching these problems in their work, and offering design solutions that are both aesthetically pleasing and viable as a fashionable option to the status quo. The exhibition demonstrates the environmental issues that the fashion industry is grappling with, as well as possible solutions for future designers to contemplate in their own work. The exhibition hopes to inform and encourage everyone to re-think their clothing purchases for a more sustainably stylish future.

For more information, visit the Kent State University Museum website.

Posted April 4, 2011

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Downtown Gallery Features Works by National Collage Society

The Kent State University School of Art's Downtown Gallery will feature Wish You Were Here, an exhibit featuring the works of National Collage Society members from April 6 – May 14. The exhibit will feature four-by-six-inch postcard-sized collages which have been created by National Collage Society members.

An opening reception will take place on Friday, April 8, from 5-8 p.m. at the Downtown Gallery, 141 Main Street. The reception is open and free to the public.

For more information, visit Posted April 4, 2011

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