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Honoring Our Veterans

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Kent State's annual Veterans Day observance will take
place on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 11 a.m., at Risman Plaza.
The event will include a flag-raising ceremony.

Kent State will hold its annual Veterans Day observance on Thursday,
Nov. 10, at 11 a.m., at Risman Plaza. The outdoor program will include a
flag-raising ceremony conducted by a joint color guard from the Army and Air Force ROTC programs, remarks from Kent State University President Lester A. Lefton and the president of the student Veterans Club. A reception in the Kiva lobby will follow the brief program.

All are invited to come and pay tribute to America’s veterans. A special invitation is extended to Kent State faculty, staff, students and community members who are veterans, active service members or who have family members in the Armed Forces.

Reservations are requested and can be made by contacting Joshua Rider at 330-672-0510 or by Nov. 8. The rain location is Room 204 in the Kent Student Center.

Posted Oct. 31, 2011

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Kent State University at Stark Theatre Presents Plumfield, Iraq

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Friends Mike (Anthony Antoniades on left) and Cam
(Matt King on right) discuss plans to enlist in the army in
Kent State Stark Theatre’s dramatic production of
Plumfield, Iraq, opening Friday, Nov. 4.

Kent State University at Stark Theatre presents Plumfield, Iraq by Barbara Lebow as the first play of the 2011-2012 season. The production will be performed on Nov. 4, 5, 10 and 12, at 8 p.m., and on Nov. 6 and 13, at
2:30 p.m., in the Kent State Stark Theatre, 6000 Frank Avenue NW in Jackson Township. American Sign Language interpretation will be provided for the performance on Nov. 6 at 2:30 p.m.

This powerful memory drama follows two Plumfield High School seniors who join the army and are deployed to Iraq. The effects of war on them and their families at home are poignantly examined, as one friend struggles with returning to a normal life while suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The audience is pulled into these young soldiers’ emotional experiences on and off the battlefield, poetically moving between past and present, fantasy and reality.

Playwright Barbara Lebow will be Kent State Stark’s artist-in-residence for a week during the production. She will discuss Plumfield, Iraq with the audience following the performances on Nov. 6 and 10, in addition to attending an informal Meet the Playwright reception on Monday, Nov. 7, at 3:30 p.m., in Kent State Stark’s Library, second floor. To see Lebow’s biography, visit

Directing Plumfield, Iraq is Kent State Stark Assistant Professor of Theatre and Theatre Director Brian Newberg. Louis Williams serves as the scenic and lighting designer, Susan Blurton is the costume designer and Ron Jarvis serves as the sound designer.

Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $7 for non-Kent State students, children under 17 and senior citizens. All Kent State students are admitted free with a current student ID. Reserve tickets online at or call the Kent State Stark Theatre Box Office at 330-244-3348, Mondays through Fridays, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Posted Oct. 31, 2011

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Annual Kent State Oxfam Social Issues Banquet Takes Place Nov. 9

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Some guests at the Oxfam Social Issues Banquet sit on
the floor to have their meal in a hunger simulation that
depicts a lower socioeconomic class. The hunger
simulation spotlights the challenges created daily by
world hunger.

Kent State University’s Office of Experiential Education and Civic Engagement will host the annual Oxfam Social Issues Banquet on Wednesday, Nov. 9, from noon-2 p.m. in the Moulton Hall Ballroom on the Kent Campus. This event will bring socially conscious individuals together under one roof to enlighten and empower faculty and students interested in using their knowledge and skills to support local efforts.

The Oxfam Social Issues Banquet will involve a hunger simulation where guests will receive a meal ticket representing a socioeconomic class, which will essentially determine the type of meal they are served and their seating arrangement (floor, chair, or chair and table). Reflective discussions will leave guests with a new perspective and understanding of the challenges created daily by world hunger.

The hunger simulation will be followed by an engaging panel discussion to highlight the multitude of ways that faculty, businesses and community organizations are reaching out to support local communities. In addition, the discussion will serve as a link to experiential learning opportunities.

Immediately following the banquet, guests will be invited to a Campus Kitchens open house from 2-4 p.m. They will have the opportunity to participate and observe firsthand how Kent State University students are working to meet local hunger needs in the City of Kent.

Kent State University’s Office of Experiential Education and Civic Engagement was established in April 2009 to support civic engagement. The office works closely with community partners and faculty to identify and create curriculum-based projects and activities for students. To date the Office of Experiential Education and Civic Engagement has partnerships with more than 100 community organizations. As a result, Kent State is in a prime position to use experiential learning as a conduit to providing higher quality academic experiences to students while alos helping sustain local efforts.

For more information about the banquet, contact Tina L. Kandakai, Ph.D., coordinator of the Office of Experiential Education and Civic Engagement at 330-672-7876 or via email at For more information about Oxfam, visit

Posted Oct. 31, 2011

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Main Street Gourmet CEO Steve Marks to Speak at Kent State Tuscarawas on Nov. 9

Steve L. Marks, chief executive officer of Main Street Gourmet of Akron, will present "Confessions of a Muffin Man – A Walk Through the Entrepreneurial Jungle" at Kent State University at Tuscarawas on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. in the Founders Hall auditorium. Sponsored by the Kent State Tuscarawas Artist/Lecture Series, the event is free and open to the public with no tickets required. The auditorium doors open at 6:30 p.m., and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Kent State Tuscarawas is located at 330 University Dr. N.E. in New Philadelphia.

Main Street Muffins, now known as Main Street Gourmet, was founded in 1987 by Marks and Harvey Nelson. Marks' presentation will cover the start-up and growth of his business to a national manufacturer of gourmet frozen bakery products.

Main Street Gourmet made the Inc. 500 list in 1992 and 1993. The Inc. 500 is a listing of the fastest-growing companies in the United States. In 1993, Marks and Nelson were chosen by Inc. Magazine and Ernst & Young to receive the 1993 Entrepreneurs of the Year Award for Northeastern Ohio. In 1994 and 2011, the U.S. Small Business Administration selected Marks and Nelson as the Small Business Person(s) of the Year. In 2000, Main Street Gourmet was chosen as the Number One Fastest Growing Company in the Weatherhead 100, a listing of the fastest growing companies in Northeast Ohio.

Marks and Nelson received the 2004 Entrepreneurial Achievement Award from Sales and Marketing Executives International, and the 2006 Greater Akron Chamber Entrepreneur(s) of the Year award. Main Street Gourmet has also received the Pillar Award from SBN Magazine in 2000, 2005 and 2009, for their commitment to community service. In 2009, Main Street Gourmet was presented with the Richard Shatten Civic Distinction Award from Crain's Leading EDGE Awards. The Shatten Award is presented each year to an exceptional company that goes well beyond the norm in giving back and supporting the Northeast Ohio community.

In 2003, Marks founded the Road Runner Akron Marathon, where he serves as president. The marathon's mission is to promote health and fitness and bring national attention to the region. In 2005, the Road Runner Akron Marathon was recognized as one of the "50 Greatest U.S. Marathons." Main Street Gourmet founded an award-winning program with Akron General Medical Center called "Muffins for Mammograms," designed to raise money for women who cannot afford breast cancer screening costs. To date, the program has raised more than $250,000.

Involved in his community, Marks is a board of trustee member of the Akron Community Foundation and the All American Soap Box Derby. He is a graduate of The University of Akron with a Bachelor of Science in accounting. He began his career with Coopers and Lybrand as a CPA before becoming a "Muffin Man."

For more information about the event, contact Pam Patacca at

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Kent State Stark Student Organization Launches Activist Documentary Film Festival

T.A.S.K. (Take Action. Spread Knowledge.), a student organization at Kent State University at Stark, is hosting its first Activist Documentary Film Festival, featuring five films that will challenge views to question the world around us. The five-day festival will run from Oct. 31 through Nov. 4, in the Main Hall Auditorium, 6000 Frank Avenue NW in Jackson Township. All films are free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

The documentaries will highlight social and environmental justice issues facing our communities on local, national and global levels. Each film will be followed by a facilitated discussion.

Split Estate
Monday, Oct. 31, at 7 p.m.
The winner of several film awards, Split Estate cracks the sugarcoating on the natural gas industry, which is commonly touted as a clean alternative to fossil fuels, and poignantly drives home the need for real alternatives.

Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m.
This screening is sponsored, in part, by the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation.
Tapped examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution and our reliance on oil.

Food, Inc.
Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m.
This film lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, the United States Dairy Association and Food and Drug Administration.

Hempsters: Plant the Seed
Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m.
This screening is sponsored, in part, by Plant Kingdom Bakery in Akron, Ohio.
Hempsters follows the lively exploits of activists for and against the movement for the (re)legalization of the hemp plant in America.

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the E.L.F.
Friday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m.
This 2011 Sundance Film Festival award winner tells the remarkable story of the rise and fall of an Earth Liberation Front (E.L.F.) cell by focusing on the transformation and radicalization of one of its members. Part coming-of-age tale, part cops-and-robbers thriller, the film asks the hard questions about environmentalism, activism and the way we define domestic terrorism.

T.A.S.K. is a student-led organization that welcomes all faculty, staff, students and community members to join the movement. The organization’s mission is to raise awareness about social and environmental justice issues affecting our daily lives and to encourage action toward a better world. The objective of the Activists Documentary Film Festival is to inspire viewers to seek knowledge, take personal responsibility and hold the leaders of our nation accountable.

For more information about T.A.S.K. and the film festival, visit

Posted Oct. 31, 2011

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