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Kent State Celebrates International Education Week, Nov. 14-18

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Kent State celebrates International
Education Week, Nov. 14-18, with a
variety of events and activities.

Kent State’s International Education Week will take place Monday to Saturday, Nov. 14-18, with a variety of activities and events lined up throughout the week.

International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education and provides an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Kent State University uses the opportunity of International Education Week to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States.

“As we prepare to celebrate International Education Week, we want the university community to become more aware of the benefits of global education, as well as the need to engage with the world beyond our campuses, which is one of our goals as a university,” says Mary Anne Saunders, executive director of Kent State’s Office of Global Education.

The 2011 International Education Week will feature the following events and more:

U.S. Diplomat in Residence Speaks About a Career in Service to Our Country
United States Diplomat in Residence James Ellickson-Brown will speak to Kent State University faculty, staff and students on Monday, Nov. 14, at 4 p.m., in the Governance Chambers of the Kent Student Center. Ellickson-Brown will give a one-hour presentation on “Foreign Service: A Career of Adventure and Challenge in Service to Your Country.” He will answer questions from the audience following his presentation. This event is free and open to the university community

International Cook-Off
Kent State’s Office of Global Education and Dining Services will host the 4th International Cook-Off event on Monday, Nov. 14, from 6-8 p.m., at the Kent Student Center Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public. Eight student teams, representing different countries, will compete in the International Cook-Off event that promotes cultural and global awareness at Kent State. This year’s judges are Kent Councilwoman Heidi Shaffer, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Robert G. Frank and Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Alfreda Brown.

Passport Fair
Kent State’s Office of Global Education, Department of Mail Services and the United States Postal Service are partnering to hold a Passport Fair on Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Kent Student Center Main Floor.

Kent State Amazing Race

This year, we are very pleased to offer a race around the “world” (campus), testing student’s knowledge of international pop culture, on Friday, Nov. 18, from 2-5 p.m. Students must successfully complete challenges in order to receive a clue as to which “country” (campus location) they must travel to next. The first team to successfully complete all challenges, and find the finish line will be the winning team. If you have ever wanted to compete in the televised Amazing Race, then you will love this event!

View a full calendar of events marking International Education Week.

For more information about International Education Week, contact Tori Nethery at
Visit to learn more about global efforts here at Kent State University.

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Kent State Faculty and Staff Night

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Come out and watch the men’s and women’s basketball
teams open up their seasons on Friday and Saturday,
Nov. 18 and 19.

Come out and watch the men’s and women’s basketball teams open up their seasons on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18 and 19. Come with your coworkers and family for a fun-filled weekend with the men’s and women's basketball teams. Doors open at 6 p.m. and tip-off is at 7 p.m.

Group tickets are $3 for a group of 20 or more for the Nov. 18 game, and $8 for the Nov. 19 game. Individual tickets are $5 for the women's game and $10 for the men's game.

Come out and support our great teams on opening weekend. We are...Kent State!

Click here to view the full game schedule. For tickets or information, contact Dennis Watson at or 330-672-8830.

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Wick Poetry Center Presents Poets Maggie Anderson and Mira Rosenthal

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Wick Poetry founder and former director
Maggie Anderson returns to Kent State
on Nov. 16.

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, the Wick Poetry Center will host poets Maggie Anderson and Mira Rosenthal at 7:30 p.m. at the Kent Student Center Kiva.

Anderson, who recently judged Kent State’s annual Wick Poetry Prize in 2010, is a Kent State professor emerita. She has four books of poems, including most recently, Windfall: New and Selected Poems, and served as editor to four anthologies of poetry.

Anderson was the founder and director of the Wick Poetry Center, and also served as an editor for Wick Poetry and Kent State University Press from 1992-2010. She was presented with numerous fellowships for her poetry, and her return to the university is highly anticipated.

Rosenthal, currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, is a previous 2010 Wick Poetry Prize winner for her book the Local World. Along with this piece, she has also written two volumes of poetry translations. Many of those translations, as well as various poems, have been published in both literary journals and anthologies.

Rosenthal has also been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the PEN American Center, the MacDowell Colony and the Fulbright Commission.

For more information, please visit or call the Wick Poetry Center at 330-672-2067.

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Fashion Designer to Speak About Sustainability and Business Practices at Kent State

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Fashion designer Sarah Van Aken will give a presentation
at Kent State's Rockwell Auditorium on Nov. 15. During her
visit to Kent State, Van Aken will evaluate students' work
in the Fashion School.

Fashion designer Sarah Van Aken will give a lecture and presentation at Kent State University on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 6:30 p.m. in Rockwell Auditorium. This lecture, which is free and open to the public, covers a variety of themes including sustainability, business, entrepreneur activities, community advancement and corporate responsibility. Van Aken will discuss the relationship between sustainability and business and how it has affected her career.

Van Aken is the chief executive officer and founder of S.V.A. Holdings Corporation, a vertically integrated, private label apparel business focused on sustainability located in Philadelphia.

Her educational background in design, apparel and business management helped Van Aken found her company in 2005. As the industry, economy and her life changed in 2008, Van Aken began to envision a new type of apparel company: one that was socially responsible. She considers all aspects of sustainability, including how and by whom garments are made, what they are made with, carbon footprint reduction, considered design and community impact.

Van Aken’s company is now comprised of four private apparel brands: Van Aken custom shirts, Van Aken signature custom hospitality uniforms, Van Aken private label garment manufacturing services and Van Aken women’s ready-to-wear. Each of the company’s brands integrates high-design aesthetic and quality construction with socially responsible business practices and community building through local job creation, sustainable and recycled raw materials, community partnerships and garments produced in the Philadelphia Garment Center.

Through S.V.A. Holdings Corporation, Van Aken continues to further her mission to build the most socially sustainable apparel business in the United States.

Van Aken resides in Philadelphia. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Delaware and has a background in garment sourcing and production. She is currently a Designer Critic for Kent State University and Philadelphia University. Van Aken has recently been awarded the Community Impact Award from the Women’s Opportunity Resource Center.

She will evaluate students’ work in the Fashion School at Kent State on Nov. 16-18. Van Aken is one of the critics who will lend her expert opinions to students' patterns, concepts and paper designs, along with John Patrick of the ORGANIC line. This process is in preparation for next semester’s fashion show, which will feature a select number of students’ work. These critiques help decide which students will participate.

For more information, contact Kent State’s Fashion School at 330-672-3010 or

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Instructional Resources Center Holds Book Fair

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The Instructional Resources Center is
hosting a book fair that will feature recent
releases, popular works and materials
to supplement lesson plans.

The Instructional Resources Center in the College of Education, Health and Human Services will host a book fair Nov. 14-18. The event will take place at the Instructional Resources Center, located in Room 221 of White Hall from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, Friday.

The book fair will feature recent releases, popular works and materials to supplement lesson plans. Enter all week for a chance to win a new book. Stop by to pick up gifts or indulge yourself with a cookbook, mystery novel, or maybe your favorite book from your childhood. Payment can be made with cash, check or credit card. Twenty-five percent of all proceeds will fund the purchase of curriculum materials for the Instructional Resources Center library.

For additional information, contact Julee Henry in the Instructional Resources Center at or 330-672-2277.

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Kent State Women’s Center Hosts Monthly Tranquility and Meditation Sessions

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Kent State's Women's Center hosts Tranquility and Meditation
every month. The class is taught by expert Margot Milcetich,
co-founder of Kent Yoga.

Every month, the Kent State Women’s Center hosts Tranquility and Meditation taught by Margot Milcetich (Devhuti), co-founder of Kent Yoga, who gained stability in practice and in teaching under Swami Bawra’s guidance.

Each class meets on the second Wednesday of the month from 12:10 to 12:45 p.m. Attendees are advised to come early and can leave when they please. The dates for future sessions are: Dec. 14, Jan. 11, Feb. 15, March 14, April 11 and May 9. Class registration is on a rolling basis for the academic year, but space is limited in the class. There is no fee for this very popular class, which is open to faculty, staff and students. Call the Women’s Center at 330-672-9230 to register now.

Milcetich is the founder of Brahmrishi Yoga Teacher Training, and has transcribed and edited Swami Bawra’s lectures for Divine Radiance Press of India and, more recently, Brahmrishi Yoga publications. Milcetich has a master’s degree in education from Kent State University, certification in Jin Shin Jyutsu and a master’s certification from Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT). She has hosted annual retreats at Camp Asbury in Hiram, Ohio, since 1998. She offers an informed approach to anatomy, teaching method, alignment and sequencing. She values and inspires each trainee to develop an authentic approach to practice and teaching.

Milcetich also teaches two yoga classes at the center. Due to popular demand for her classes, a 1 – 2 p.m. class has been added for faculty and staff on Tuesdays. The next session will run from Nov. 15 to Dec. 20. There are several spots open in this class, but it is filling up quickly. To register, contact the Women’s Center at 330-672-9230. Payment can be made the first day of class. The fee is $55.

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Kent State Museum and Akron Art Museum Celebrate the Age of Impressionism

New exhibits will feature clothing and paintings from the late 19th and early 20th Centuries

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Dress and belt of point d'espirit lace, 1912,
gift of the Martha McCaskey Selhorst Collection.

The Kent State University Museum will coordinate with the Akron Art Museum to illustrate the Age of Impressionism. A Day at the Beach explores the reality of summer tourism between the 1860s and 1910s, with a selection of actual garments that would have been worn near and at the beach. The exhibit will be open to the public from Nov. 18, 2011, to Oct. 7, 2012, and is meant to coincide with Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism, a collection of paintings at the Akron Art Museum that runs through Feb. 5, 2012.

The Age of Impressionism dates from the mid- to late 1800s to the early 1900s. Impressionism is described as a painting technique with a variety of soft brushstrokes and vibrant colors that began in France. Most Impressionist painters focused on landscapes and people. American Impressionists concentrated on beaches, factories and residences that will be reflected in the Kent State Museum and Akron Art Museum.

“The image of women at the seaside in elegant white gowns was a popular subject for Impressionist painters. This exhibition includes a selection of garments that show the evolution of fashions during this span of time, while highlighting the enduring appeal of lightweight, lacy fabrics,” says curator Sara Hume.

The museum is located at 515 Hilltop Dr., at the corner of East Main and South Lincoln streets. The museum is open to the public Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.; Thursday, from 10 a.m. – 8:45 p.m.; Sunday, from noon – 4:45 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for children under 18. The museum is free with a Kent State ID, and is also free to the public on Sundays, with free parking available. For more information, call 330-672-3450 or visit

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