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University Health Services Hosts Fall Open House

University Health Services (UHS) will be holding a faculty and staff open house to showcase the newly renovated DeWeese Health Center at 1500 Eastway Dr. The event takes place on Tuesday, Sept. 27, and Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

The open house event will feature health and wellness resource materials, free blood pressure and weight checks and chair massages with refreshments provided. Flu shots will also be administered at $20 unless billed through attendees’ Kent State Medical Mutual or Anthem insurance. Insurance ID cards are required.

For more information about the event, contact Jennifer A. D'Abreau at or 330-672-2326 or Angela DeJulius at or 330-672-2443.

Posted Sept. 26, 2011

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Kent Keyboard Series Presents Season of Great Piano Performances

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Internationally-recognized artist
Jenny Lin will perform at the Ludwig
Recital Hall in the Music and Speech
Center on Oct. 16 at 5 p.m.

The Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University presents the 2011-2012 Kent Keyboard Series. Co-directors Donna Lee and Jerry Wong have a great lineup of talented pianists who will perform as guest artists throughout the series.

The first concert, slated for Sunday, Oct. 16 at 5 p.m. in the Ludwig Recital Hall, will feature guest artist Jenny Lin. This internationally-recognized performer will present works by popular composers J.S Bach, Shostakovich, Dufalio, Ligeti, and Kampela.

Lin started playing piano at age four. When she turned 10, she studied with Noel Flores at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna. Moving to the United States at 14, she studied with Julian Martin at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Md. Before moving to Geneva, Switzerland and studying with Dominique Weber, she received her bachelor’s in German Literature from The John Hopkins University.

Lin currently resides in New York City and serves on the faculty of the 92nd Street Y.
General seating tickets are $15 (cash or check) per person at the door. For more information, call the concert hotline at 330-672-3609 or visit

Ludwig Recital Hall is located in the Music and Speech Center at 1325 Theatre Drive on the Kent campus. Parking is free.

Posted Sept. 26, 2011

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Kent State Women’s Center Holds Yoga Sessions

Kent State University Women’s Center will hold a series of Yoga sessions for faculty and staff. The cost for interested parties is $55. Returning students pay $47.

The class schedule is listed below:

Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
Dates: Oct. 4 – Nov. 8
Teacher: Margot Milcetich

Time: 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Dates: Sept. 7 – Oct. 26*
Teacher: Mary Louise Holly
(*Excluding Oct. 12)

Time: 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Dates: Sept. 8 – Oct. 20
Teacher: Vicki Bocchicchio
Call the Women’s Center at 330-672-9230 to register for your preferred class.

Posted Sept. 26, 2011

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Kent State University Orchestra Features Concert of Contemporary Composers

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The Hugh A. Glauser School of Music Orchestra
begins its 2011-2012 season on Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in
the University Auditorium at Cartwright Hall.

The Kent State University Hugh A. Glauser School of Music’s Orchestra will begin its 2011-2012 season on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the University Auditorium at Cartwright Hall. Parking is off of Terrace Drive and is free. Tickets are available at the door for $10 per person in cash or check only. Kent State students will gain free admission with a student ID.
The concert will feature a repertoire of prominent contemporary composers. Liza Grossman, conductor and newly-appointed director of the Orchestra, will lead the 54-piece orchestra in its first program of the season.

“The first concert is a collection of works for full orchestra that are fast becoming staples in the ‘new music’ repertoire,” says Grossman. “We will explore music representing great creatures, to an industrial style work, to a traditional Mexican dance. Audiences will be very impressed by the orchestra, which plays with the passion and strength of an orchestra twice its size.”

Highlights of the concert will include the following:

And God Created Great Whales – Alan Hovhaness (1911 – 2000)
Havhaness is known for his strong mystic/religious "feel" to all his works and this piece is positive, uplifting, ennobling and spiritually nourishing.

Short Ride in a Fast Machine – John Adams (1947 - )
A joyfully exuberant piece, this minimalist composition earmarks repetition and a steady beat. Most crucially the piece features a harmonic language with an emphasis on consonance unlike anything in Western art music in the last five hundred years.

Danzon No. 2 – Arturo Marquez (1950 - )
The concert will feature the magnificent piece for orchestra, which is a composition most popular and a frequently performed Mexican contemporary classical music composition. The piece focuses on the accents rather than the time signatures, thus the tempo might seem to vary even though it doesn't, however, the precision in every measure remains constant. This contemporary Mexican music literature expresses and reflects on a dance style called Danzón, which has its origins in Cuba but is a very important part of the folklore of the Mexican state of Veracruz. Márquez got his inspiration while visiting a ballroom in Veracruz.

“In addition, the string orchestra will play two very different works – one a tango and the other a lovely rendition of a sunrise,” Grossman says.

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

Posted Sept. 26, 2011

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Kent Art Galleries Collaborate to Inspire a Greater Tomorrow in Portage County

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Portage Slant: a future in-sight will be presented at the
School of Art’s Downtown Gallery located at 141 E. Main
St., Sept. 29 – Oct. 22.

The School of Art’s Downtown Gallery and Standing Rock Cultural Art’s North Water Street Gallery will partner with TransPORTAGE, a grassroots initiative aiming to promote, collaborate and coordinate the improvement of the economy in Portage County, to inspire action in the Kent area. Portage Slant: a future in-sight is an exhibit intended to inspire creative thinking in all aspects of society, including science, business, technology, art and service.

TransPORTAGE envisions a future built on using clean, renewable energy where public transportation is first choice, which is not threatened by climate change and where people come together to protect and contribute to a meaningful community. TransPORTAGE believes in seven principles of transitioning into a better society, including positive envisioning, trusting community members to make good decisions, openness, networking, resilience, fostering inner and outer transition and working on a local level. All of these principles will be reflected in Portage Slant: a future in-sight.

The exhibit will be presented in part at the School of Art’s Downtown Gallery located at 141 E. Main St., Sept. 29Oct. 22, with a 5 p.m. reception on Friday, Oct. 14. The exhibit will also be presented in part at Standing Rock Cultural Art’s North Water Street Gallery located at 257 N. Water St. Oct. 6 – 22, with a 5 p.m. reception on Friday, Oct. 14.

Portage Slant: a future in-sight is co-sponsored by Family and Community Services, Hattie Larhlam , Kent State University’s School of Art Galleries, Standing Rock Cultural Arts , TANK (The Artists Network of Kent) and TransPORTAGE.

For additional information regarding the Kent State University School of Art’s Downtown Gallery, visit or call 330-672-7853. For additional information regarding Standing Rock Cultural Art’s North Water Street Gallery, visit or call 330-673-4970.

Posted Sept. 26, 2011

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Architecture and Design Authority John Loring Speaks at Kent State

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Architecture and design expert
John Loring will speak at Kent State
on Oct. 6.

Photo credit: Seiji Kakizaki

The Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist Series and Kent State University’s College of the Arts presents a lecture by John Loring on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m. Loring will discuss his newest book entitled Joseph Urban, a biography on the prolific Gilded Age architect, illustrator, designer and significant set designer of the 20th century. The lecture is free and open to the public and will take place in the E. Turner Stump Theatre, located in the Music and Speech Center, 1325 Theatre Dr. in Kent. Parking is free.

A book signing and free dessert reception will take place following the lecture. Reservations are not required. Books will be available for purchase before and after the lecture in the lobby. Only cash or check will be accepted.

Loring is the former New York bureau chief of Architectural Digest and design director emeritus of Tiffany & Co. He graduated from Yale University, has an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute and studied at the École des Beaux-Arts. He has authored 21 books on Tiffany & Co. design, style and entertaining.

Loring’s Joseph Urban is filled with Urban’s drawings, more than 200 color illustrations, including paintings, renderings and stage sets, as well as photographs of both interiors and exteriors of his work. Joseph Urban is a lavish celebration of this prolific artist, architect and designer whose accomplishments include magnificent Art Deco buildings, spectacular Ziegfeld Follies productions and dramatic sets for the Metropolitan Opera. Loring will show the audience a slide show featuring the famous and inexhaustible list of projects by Urban.

Joseph Urban (1872–1933) began his career as an architect and artist in Vienna before moving to America in 1911. In 1914, he moved to New York where he ultimately signed on as set designer of the Metropolitan Opera. He also became immersed in designing nightclubs, hotel lounges, skyscrapers, theaters, stage and film sets, and even children’s books. His creative output was immense but, unfortunately, little remains of his work except the Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach and the New School at the base of the Hearst Tower in New York City.

Loring’s visit is made possible by the Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist Series, which brings diverse views to Kent State University in the fields of architecture, visual art, music, theatre and dance to share interdisciplinary experiences with students, faculty and the community. The series was created by Max (deceased) and Cecile Draime in memory of their dear friend and architect, Thomas Schroth.

For more information about the event, call the College of the Arts at 330-672-2760.

Posted Sept. 26, 2011

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University of Arizona Professor Dr. Aomar Boum to Lecture at Kent State about Jewish Culture and Societies in the Sahara

Kent State University’s Department of Pan-African Studies presents Dr. Aomar Boum, who will speak about Jewish culture and societies in the Sahara. His lecture, titled “Saharan Jewry: History, Memory and the Politics of Identity,” takes place Monday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. in room 214 of Ritchie Hall. The lecture follows a reception that will be held at 6 p.m. on the first floor of Ritchie Hall.

The lecture and reception are free and open to the public. Boum will be available to Kent State students and faculty on Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 10:45 a.m. to noon at an informal gathering hosted by Hillel at Kent State.

Boum’s appearance at Kent State is co-sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program, with further support from the Department of History, the Office of Global Education and the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

“This is an opportunity for professors and students alike to learn more about the diverse cultures of North Africa,” said Wendy Wilson-Fall, chair and associate professor of Kent State’s Department of Pan-African Studies.

Boum is an assistant professor of Near Eastern studies, religious studies and Judaic studies at the University of Arizona. In 2006, he earned a Ph.D. in socio-cultural anthropology from the University of Arizona, with a minor in history and a minor in Near Eastern studies. Boum is currently the vice president of the American Institute for Maghrib Studies.

“We need to be informed about the Sahara because it is important historically and in the current political climate,” Wilson-Fall said. “It is of immediate importance to everyone.”

Boum was born and raised in the oasis of Mhamid, Foum Zguid (Providence of Tata, southern Morocco). He earned a master’s degree from Al-Akhawayn University and a bachelor’s degree from Cadi Ayyad University, both in Morocco.

Boum’s main research explores how different generations of Moroccan Muslims remember, picture and construct Moroccan Jews, Jewishness and Judaism. Boum’s research revolves generally around the Middle East, along with North, West and Sub-Saharan Africa. His interests include Moroccan history, ethnic and religious minorities, Islamic movements, Moroccan politics, Islam, migration, traditional Islamic and modern education, Arab media and youth movements.

Boum has published a number of articles on the history and historiography of the Jewish communities of Southern Morocco, Jewish-Muslim interfaith dialogue, representation of Jews in Moroccan museums, Jewish migration in the context of Arab nationalism and Zionism, and the Alliance Israelite Universelle in rural Moroccan communities.

For more information, visit the Jewish Studies Program website at or the Pan-African Studies website at

Posted Sept. 19, 2011

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