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Homecoming Takes Place This Saturday, Oct. 15

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Homecoming 2011 on Saturday, Oct. 15.

Get ready to celebrate! Homecoming 2011 is scheduled for this Saturday, Oct. 15. Sponsored by the Kent State Alumni Association, a day full of fun activities has been planned for faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community.

Highlights of the day include the annual Bowman Cup 5K Race, the Hospitality Tent at the Williamson Alumni Center, the Homecoming parade, Kiss on the K and the Flash FanZone. The day concludes as the Golden Flashes take on the Miami RedHawks with kick-off at 3:30 p.m.

Many other Homecoming events are being held throughout the week, leading up to the day of celebration. To see full event details and listing, visit the Homecoming website.

Posted Oct. 10, 2011 | Lindsay Kuntzman

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Kent State’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Student Center, PRIDE! Kent Mark National Coming Out Day

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Kent State’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
Transgender and Queer Student Center
will mark National Coming Out Day with
an expanded week of programming.

To celebrate National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11, Kent State’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Student Center will observe a week of programming.

National Coming Out Day is a national initiative to recognize lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and allied people, and their struggles with harassment and bullying.

In the past, LGBTQ organizations on campus have focused on Oct. 11, a single day for LGBTQ members to be appreciated on campus. This year, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Student Center is taking a broader approach to the event by expanding the day into a week of programming to show support for LGBTQ and ally students, faculty and staff.

“We want to do more to show support for LGBTQ students by expanding our programming this year,” says Heather Adams, director of the Women’s Center, whose office is collaborating on the event with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Student Center. “Kent State is committed to LGBTQ issues, and the center provides our students with a safe place for dialogue and programming to help them feel more connected at the university.”

On Tuesday, Oct. 11, the center will rally students, faculty and staff to participate in a “Coming Out For Equality” vigil event at the Risman Plaza (on the K), at 6:30 p.m. The center has acquired more than 250 balloons for the event. Names of LGBTQ individuals and their allies who were bullied and harassed into suicide will be placed on these balloons. Each name will also be read out during the event to remember those who have been lost and to stress the importance of equity and inclusion at Kent State. After a moment of silence and student and faculty speakers, the balloons will be released into the sky, signifying the releasing of the burden of bullying and harassment.

On Thursday, Oct. 13, PRIDE! Kent will be hosting a showing of the movies Bullied and Trevor, both about coming out and how bullying and harassment affects students. Both movies will be shown in the Governance Chambers of the Kent Student Center, from 8 - 10 p.m.

There will also be two public showings of the movie Bullied in the Clark Commons at Kent State University at Geauga in Burton on Monday, Oct. 10, at 12:15 p.m., and again at 7 p.m. Additionally, the movie will be shown on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 12:15 p.m., and at 7 p.m., at the Kent State University Regional Academic Center auditorium in Twinsburg.

“Kent State is truly devoted to the inclusion of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community,” says Christopher Clevenger, student assistant at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Student Center. “The university’s commitment to excellence through diversity, equity and inclusion has allowed us to truly understand and appreciate members of the LGBTQ and Allied community. This is truly an amazing thing.”

Kent State’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Student Center is located in Room 226M at the Kent Student Center. For more information, visit

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Holocaust Survivor Eva Schloss Comes to Kent Stage on Oct. 18

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Eva Schloss, Holocaust survivor and
stepsister to wartime diarist, Anne Frank,
will participate in a multimedia performance
at the Kent Stage on Oct. 18.

Eva Schloss, Holocaust survivor and stepsister to wartime diarist Anne Frank, will participate in a multimedia performance, “And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank,” on Tuesday, Oct. 18, from noon to 1:30 p.m., at the Kent Stage on 175 E. Main St. in downtown Kent.

The performance features members of the Kent community, Kent State University and high school students, and is free and open to the public, with limited seating available. Schloss will address area students about her experiences after the presentation.

Schloss was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1929. She and her family immigrated to Belgium and eventually to Holland in 1938, shortly after Adolph Hitler annexed Austria. After the Germans invaded Holland in 1942, Schloss and her family went into hiding. In May 1944, they were betrayed, captured and sent to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Only Schloss and her mother survived.

After the war, her mother married Otto Frank, father of Anne Frank. The Diary of Anne Frank, her account of hiding from the Germans during the occupation of the Netherlands, was first published in 1950. Initially popularized through play and film adaptations, it is now one of the most widely read books in the world.

“This event takes us back in time to give a vivid picture of the sad occurrences that marked world history,” says Chaya Kessler, director of the Jewish Studies program at Kent State. “This is a great opportunity to hear firsthand from Eva about her experiences and those of her stepsister, Anne Frank.”

Since 1985, Schloss has been active in Holocaust education. She received an honorary doctorate in civil law from the University of Northumbria in Newcastle, England, and is a trustee of the Anne Frank Educational Trust of the U.K. Eva’s Story, written with Evelyn Julia Kent, was published in 1988, allowing Schloss to share her experiences with a wider audience.

Schloss received a Women of Inspiration and Enterprise (WIE) Visionary Award at the second WIE Symposium in New York in September. She shares the award with Ambassador Nancy Brinker, founder and CEO of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.

The Oct. 18 event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Studies program at Kent State University, B’nai B’rith of Youngstown, the Terry and Sam D. Roth Philanthropic Fund and the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation.

For more information, contact Kessler at or 330-672-8926.

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Olympic Gold Medalist Bruce Jenner Addresses Dyslexia Struggles on Oct. 11 at Kent State

enter photo descriptionOlympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner will
discuss his struggles with dyslexia at the
Kent Student Center Ballroom on Oct. 11.

On Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m., Bruce Jenner, 1976 Olympic gold medalist, will be the keynote speaker in the Kent Student Center Ballroom, addressing his struggles with dyslexia and how that struggle caused him to “outwork other people” and eventually achieve great success.

Jenner is speaking as part of activities marking disAbility Awareness Month this October. Other events lined up for the month include, Dogs on Campus on Thursday, Oct. 20, from noon to 1 p.m., in the main lobby of the Kent Student Center. Dogs will be available for petting and general stress relief.

Closing the month’s events, the movie The King’s Speech will be shown at the Kent Student Center Kiva on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. The movie chronicles a critical time in the life of King George VI of England who struggled with a debilitating speech impediment until he encountered an unconventional speech therapist.

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Sue Smith at

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Kent State at Trumbull Marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Kent State University at Trumbull has put together a line-up of activities to mark “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” this October. The events are organized by the Office of Student Activities. Below is the schedule for the month:

Silent Witnesses
Date: Throughout October
Location: Various locations around campus
Description: A family from Warren that fell victim to domestic violence is memorialized through the creation of life-sized, wooden silhouettes. The family’s story is told through written displays attached to each silhouette. This display will be moved around campus each week during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

T-Shirt Clothesline
Date: Throughout October
Location: Technology Building (First floor) and Classroom Administration Building
Description: T-shirts created by local children who were victims of domestic violence will be hung on clothesline throughout the campus. Each T-shirt is an artistic creation of the reactions, thoughts and feelings of young victims.

Someplace Safe, Inc. Cell Phone Drive
Date: Throughout October
Location: Various locations around campus
Description: Have an old cell phone that you haven't used in a while? If so, consider donating to Someplace Safe, Inc.—Trumbull County’s domestic violence agency. Phones collected are used as emergency 911 phones for anyone that seeks shelter at Someplace Safe, Inc. Drop bins will be available around campus where phones can be dropped off.

Bake Sale
Date: Oct. 18 and 19
Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Lower Commons (Classroom Building)
Description: Sisters Chrissy Ash and Amanda Ash, both students, are coordinating a bake sale. All proceeds will be donated to Someplace Safe, Inc.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Speakers
Date: Oct. 27
Time: 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Location: Student Union (Classroom Building)
Description: Seventy-four percent of Americans know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence. On Oct. 27, Kent State at Trumbull student and domestic violence survivor Angell Lipps will speak about domestic violence and share her gripping story of survival and perseverance. Additionally, Darlene McCue from Someplace Safe, Inc. will speak about her experience with domestic violence. Don't miss out on two of the most informative and moving stories you'll ever hear.

For more information about any of these events, contact Jacob Roope at 330-675-8858 or via email at

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First KACC-Kent State Tip-Off Scholarship Breakfast Will Hold On Oct. 25

As the Kent State Golden Flashes basketball teams prepare to tip-off the 2011-2012 season, The Kent Area Chamber of Commerce (KACC) and Kent State University Athletics invites you to the first KACC-KSU Tip-Off Breakfast. The breakfast will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 a.m., at the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MACC).

The cost to attend the event is $20 for an individual seat and $125 for a table of seven. A Kent State coach will fill the eighth seat at each table. Proceeds from the sale of tickets will benefit the KACC 2012 scholarship fund. Reservations must be made to 330-673-9855 no later than Oct. 19.

Guests have the opportunity to meet women’s coach Bob Lindsay and new men’s head coach Rob Senderoff, and other members of their coaching staff. The event will also provide the opportunity to hear firsthand what the game plan is for the upcoming season. There’s also the chance to be the Honorary Coach at a home basketball game.

For more information about Kent State Athletics, visit

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Kent State University Presents French Film Series

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Philippe Lioret's Welcome is both a study of a budding
friendship and a compassionate look at the perils faced
by illegal immigrants. French critics hailed the film as a
subtle, disturbing “masterpiece” and the New York Times’
Stephen Holden calls it a “compelling, finely balanced
immigration drama.” The film will be shown on Oct. 22,
at Kent State.

Kent State University will present the Tournées Festival, a series of French films, on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21 and 22. The films will be shown in the Michael Schwartz Center auditorium (Room 177) and will be featured in French with English subtitles. A discussion will follow each film. Admission is free and free parking is also available at the Michael Schwartz Center.

The films featured in the event include:

Friday, Oct. 21, 7:30 pm
La fille du RER (The Girl on the Train) (André Téchiné, 2008)

Saturday, Oct. 22, 2:00 pm
Welcome (Philippe Lioret, 2008)

Saturday, Oct. 22, 7:30 pm
La France (Serge Bozon, 2007)
The Kent State French film festival provides students, teachers and the broader community with the opportunity to see and discuss recent films rarely available in the U.S.

The Tournées Festival, organized in collaboration with the Department of History and the Institute for Applied Linguistics, is made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Culture. Sponsors of the festival include the Florence Gould Foundation, the Grand Marnier Foundation, highbrow entertainment, agnès b., and the Franco-American Cultural Fund.

For details, visit or contact Françoise Massardier-Kenney at or Rebecca Pulju at

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Kent State University Celebrates U.S. Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin

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U.S. Poet Laureate 2010-2011 W.S. Merwin.

Pulitzer Prize Winner Visits Campus Monday, Oct. 10, to Recite Poetry, Answer Questions

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and U.S. Poet Laureate 2010-2011 W.S. Merwin is coming to Kent State University today for two public events that will provide rare opportunities for the community to learn about his life and renowned poetry.

At 2 p.m. on the first floor of the University Library, Merwin will hold an informal question and answer session with students and community members. Also at 2 p.m., University Libraries is holding an opening for its new exhibition Doorway to the Work of W.S. Merwin. For the next two and a half months (Oct. 1 –Dec. 15), some of Merwin’s most celebrated poems and literature will be on display in the University Library lobby to honor him and his many accomplishments.

Then at 7:30 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Ballroom, Merwin will read from some of his most famous works. All events are free and open to the public.

“Having a legend like Merwin at Kent State University is quite an honor,” says University Libraries Dean Jim Bracken. “His breadth of accomplishments is astounding, and to be able to share that with our students and the community firsthand is a unique opportunity.”

Merwin is the author of numerous books of poetry, prose and translations, including Migration: Selected
Poems 1951-2001
, winner of the National Book Award. His work embodies a bold commitment to
experimentation and transformation and is influenced by his environmentalist and pacifist beliefs.

Today, Merwin lives in Hawaii on a former pineapple plantation. He has worked to restore the forest
surrounding his home to its original rainforest state, which has greatly influenced his later works.

The evening event is part of the Wick Poetry Center’s Fall Reading series, where both emerging and
established writers provide readings, lectures and workshops, all free and open to the public. The
University Libraries, Honors College, Department of English, Office of the Provost and Institute for Applied Linguistics are co-sponsors of Merwin’s visit.

For more information, visit or call 330-672-2067.

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School of Library and Information Science to Celebrate Alumni Awards Oct. 17

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The School of Library and Information
Science has named Andrea Muto recipient
of its 2011 Alumna of the Year Award for
her contribution to the profession.

The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at Kent State University announces its alumni award winners for 2011, including honors for Alumni of the Year, Friend of the Year and nine other awards based on areas of scholarship and specialization. The recipients will be recognized at a dinner program on Monday, Oct. 17, from 5:30 p.m., in Room 206 of the Kent Student Center. The cost to attend is $25 per person. Reservations are required.

The Alumna of the Year Award is given to a graduate who has made a significant contribution to the profession. This year's winner, Andrea Muto, M.L.S. '98, is a senior legal advisor for a USAID project in Pristina, Kosovo, where she has been working since April 2011 to develop a new master's program (LL.M.) in contracts and commercial law. She is also responsible for library materials selection and acquisition for the program, which began in fall of 2011.

The 2011 SLIS Friend of the Year Award, which honors an individual who has made a significant contribution to the school, goes to Deva Walker, M.L.S. '01, of University Heights, Ohio. Walker holds a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from Eastern Michigan University and an M.L.I.S. from Kent State University. Through the years, she worked in almost every library department from children to adult, most recently as interim branch manager for Cleveland Public Library, until her retirement last year.

Read more about these and other award winners. Guests may park at the Student Center visitor lot. Bring your ticket to be validated at the registration table.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact Flo Cunningham at or 330-672-0003.

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Yale Professor to Speak at Kent State about Global Health

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Dr. David Katz will talk about obesity at
the Kent Student Center Kiva on Oct. 27.

Yale University Prevention Research Director Dr. David Katz will present “Feet, Forks and the Fate of Our Species” at the Kent Student Center Kiva on Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. The lecture kicks off the Gerald H. Read Distinguished Lecture Series, which this year is devoted to bringing awareness to a global pandemic: obesity.

Katz will discuss how behaviors we all control can help our bodies and the planet heal. This event is free and open to the public.

Katz is a renowned authority on nutrition, weight management and the prevention of chronic disease, and an internationally-recognized leader in integrative medicine and patient-centered care.

“The fate of our species is in our hands,” says Katz. “The same changes that foster human health support the health of the planet.”

His message will focus on the intertwined relationship between human disease and the environment and how to act now to prevent obesity and its related diseases worldwide.

This event is co-sponsored by the College of Education, Health, and Human Service’s Nutrition Outreach Center and the College of Public Health.

For more information about the event, contact Beth Thomas at or 330-672-7838.

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