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89.7 WKSU and 90.3 WCPN Ideastream® Present NPR’s Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me!

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89.7 WKSU and 90.3 WCPN ideastream team up to present NPR’s
popular news quiz show Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me! live in Cleveland
on Thursday, June 28.

Northeast Ohio will find humor in the news as 89.7 WKSU and 90.3 WCPN ideastream team up to present NPR’s popular news quiz show Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me! live in Cleveland on Thursday, June 28. The event takes place at PlayhouseSquare’s State Theatre and audience members must be in their seats by 7 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased from the PlayhouseSquare box office by calling 216-241-6000 or 866-546-1353 or online at The live presentation will be taped and edited for broadcast on NPR stations nationwide the weekend of June 30 and July 1. WKSU airs the program Saturdays at 11 a.m. and it is heard on 90.3 WCPN at 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Now in its 14th season, Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me! uses headline stories from across the country and around the world as the fodder for questions for the Peabody award-winning comedy news quiz. Host Peter Sagal, along with official judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell, welcomes a rotating panel of comedians, humorists and journalists who are keen on piling up winning points in the most laugh-out-loud way possible. At home listeners compete as well – anxious to earn the coveted prize of Kasell’s voice on their home answering machine or voicemail.

Each week, Sagal quizzes panelists and listeners on their knowledge of current events, offering fill-in-the-blank limericks, the challenge of selecting a true story from three unlikely options and the winner-take-all lightening round. One of the most-beloved segments, Who’s Carl This Time?, allows veteran broadcaster Kasell to throw off his mantle of “serious journalist” by impersonating the week’s newsmakers and having listeners guess his assumed identity. The show’s popular Not My Job feature invites a guest celebrity to answer questions on a subject completely out of the realm of his or her expertise. The three panelists and the Not My Job celebrity contestant will be announced at a later date.

Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me! is a co-production of NPR and Chicago Public Radio. With a weekly national audience of 3.2 million people, the show ranks second to only Car Talk on a list of NPR’s most highly rated weekend programming. This is the second time Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me! will be live in Northeast Ohio. WKSU presented the program at the Akron Civic Theatre in 2003.

Ideastream is a public service, multiple-media organization with a mission to strengthen its communities by providing distinctive, thought-provoking programs and services that enlighten, inspire, educate and entertain.

WKSU broadcasts NPR and classical music at 89.7 FM, and is a service of Kent State University. WKSU programming is also heard on 89.3 WKRW in Wooster, 91.5 WKRJ in New Philadelphia, 89.1 WKSV in Thompson, 90.7 WNRK in Norwalk and 95.7 W239AZ in Ashland. The station broadcasts four HD-radio channels: WKSU-1, WKSU-2 Folk Alley, WKSU-3 The Classical Channel and WKSU-4 The News Channel.

For more information about WKSU, visit

Posted June 4, 2012

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Kent State’s Procurement Department Hosts AG PrintPromo Solutions Vendor Fair on June 13

Kent State University’s Procurement Department welcomes you to join them on June 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. during a vendor fair promoting AG PrintPromo Solutions. AG PrintPromo Solutions is Kent State’s preferred promotional products and apparel supplier specializing in promotional products, gift programs, awards and incentives and also corporate apparel-screen printed and embroidered items.

AG PrintPromo Solutions will be showcased in Room 206 at the Kent Student Center immediately after its presentation at the BAS Forum which is scheduled to conclude at 11 a.m.

All Kent State faculty and staff members are invited to attend the vendor fair between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to view samples of product offerings that will be on display.

For more information about the vendor fair, contact Tim Konczal at or 330-672-9192.

Posted June 4, 2012

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Deadline Extended for First Kent Multimedia Workshop at Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication

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Kent State Lecturer and Student Media
Adviser Susan Kirkman Zake will teach
a multimedia workshop for media professionals,
faculty, staff and students.

Registration has been extended for Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s first Kent Multimedia Workshop – a three-day, hands-on video and photography multimedia storytelling workshop – to be held June 14-16 in Franklin Hall on the Kent Campus.

Media professionals, faculty members, students and others interested in polishing their multimedia skills will work closely with five photography and multimedia educators to learn the skills they need to tell narrative stories using various techniques.

“Our workshop is an outgrowth of the Keystone Multimedia Workshop, held each year at Penn State,” says Kent State Lecturer and Student Media Adviser Susan Kirkman Zake. “We thought it would be great if the Penn State faculty joined us in Kent to teach the same type of workshop in Ohio.”

Zake and her husband, Bruce, an adjunct photojournalism instructor at Kent State, have traveled the past three years to teach the Keystone sessions.

They will be joined in Ohio by Penn State Senior Lecturers Curt Chandler, John Beale and Will Yurman, all award-winning journalists before beginning work at Penn State.

Participants may use Kent State’s equipment on a first-come, first-served basis. Supplies are limited, so attendees are encouraged to bring their own gear. Franklin Hall labs are equipped with Macintosh computers running the Adobe CS5 suite and Apple’s Final Cut Pro.

The workshop has financial support of the Akron Beacon Journal,The Plain Dealer, the Ohio News Photographers Association and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State.

For more information about the Kent Multimedia Workshop and to register, visit

For more information about Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, visit

Posted June 4, 2012

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World-Renowned Biologist Edith Widder to Address Stark County College and University Students Involved in Water-Testing

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Internationally renowned biologist Edith Widder will speak at
Kent State Stark on June 5.

Edith Widder, Ph.D., co-founder and CEO of Ocean Research and Conservation Association (ORCA), is an internationally recognized biologist who combines expertise in research and technological innovation with a commitment to reversing the worldwide trend of water ecosystem degradation. On Tuesday, June 5, Widder will visit Kent State University at Stark to address students and faculty from Stark County colleges and universities before they embark on a collaborative water-sampling project.

Funded by the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation, the sampling project, Making the Invisible Visible: Water Quality in Stark County, will utilize ORCA’s ground-breaking Fast Assessment of Sediment Toxicity procedure to analyze Stark County’s water, complementing EPA-mandated monitoring. The students will collect baseline sediment particles from 25 sites along the Nimishillen Creek Watershed that will be scientifically analyzed for pollutants. A group of students, faculty and award-winning filmmakers will film the project, creating an environmental documentary.

Making the Invisible Visible will develop and implement a water-monitoring protocol for the county that will aid agencies and the community, while training students to effectively communicate about water quality and other environmental issues. It also will document pioneering efforts to provide new methods for water monitoring designed to protect the health of Stark County residents.

Widder will speak to attendees, including various community leaders, on several issues, such as water quality and new testing techniques for local watersheds. The invitation-only event will take place at Kent State Stark’s Campus Center, 6000 Frank Ave. NW in Jackson Township.

Led by Widder, ORCA is dedicated to protecting aquatic ecosystems and the species they sustain through the development of innovative technologies and science-based conservation action. She fosters a greater understanding of ocean life as a means to better, more informed ocean stewardship, while translating complex scientific issues into workable solutions. A specialist in bioluminescence (the light chemically produced by many ocean organisms), she is a leader in helping to design and invent new submersible instruments and equipment to enable discreet observation of deep-sea environments. Most recently, Widder helped design a remotely operated camera system, known as the Eye in the Sea (EITS). When the device is deployed on the sea floor, it automatically detects and measures the bioluminescence given off by nearby organisms. EITS has produced footage of rare sharks, jellyfish and squid in their natural habitats.

Graduating magna cum laude from Tufts University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in biology, Widder went on to earn a master’s degree in biochemistry and a doctorate in neurobiology at the University of California in Santa Barbara. A certified scientific research pilot for Atmospheric Diving Systems, she has made more than 250 dives in submersibles. Her research involving submersibles has been featured on BBC, PBS, the Discovery Channel and National Geographic television productions. In September 2006, Widder’s work with ORCA was recognized when she was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, a five-year grant awarded to individuals who show exceptional creativity in their work and the prospect for still more in the future.

Posted June 4, 2012

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Kent State School of Art’s Downtown Gallery Features Abstract Art By Richard Lazzaro

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Artist Richard Lazzaro's artwork is on display through
June 16 in the School of Art's Downtown Gallery.

The Kent State School of Art’s Downtown Gallery will present the exhibit “Far East to West, A Series of Gouache Works” featuring artist Richard Lazarro through June 16. The Downtown Gallery is located at 141 E. Main Street in Kent.

Lazzaro has been a prominent advocate for abstract painting for more than 50 years as an artist and educator. His work has been included in several invitational exhibitions in museums, art centers and galleries throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and South America. Over the years, his experimentation in painting moved away from the reference of the visible world to an exploration of flat space, movement, color direct painting and the use of nonspecific imagery.

"I find it difficult to pursue pure abstraction without feeling a sense of guilt about abandoning the teachings and humanist concerns that were so eloquently discussed by my mentors,” says Lazarro. “I therefore want passion to be a part of the work, and to have [it] be an expression of experience not solely about aesthetics.”

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1937, Lazzaro studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art (1955-59), Kent State University (BFA, 1961) and the University of Illinois (MFA, 1963). He is an emeritus professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he taught drawing and painting in the Department of Art from 1963 - 2001. He has lived in Mexico, New York City and Europe. Lazzaro’s art is represented in more than 400 private and public collections, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Dayton Art Institute and the Cleveland Print Club in Ohio.

For more information about the School of Art’s Downtown Gallery, call 330-676-1549.

Posted June 4, 2012

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Free Informative Seminar Will Teach How to Protect Your Assets and Make Your Medical Wishes Known

The second annual Ask the Panel seminar on estate planning, taxes and medical directives will be held on Friday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Moulton Hall Ballroom, 800 Hilltop Dr. on the Kent Campus. The lecture is presented by the Center for Gift and Estate Planning and is free and open to the public. To register, call 330-672-0421, or visit by June 8.

The panel features four local experts on estate planning and asset management, tax changes, and documenting medical wishes. There will also be information on options in charitable planning.

Doors open at 8:15 a.m. for registration; a continental breakfast will be served. The seminar begins promptly at 9 a.m.

This year’s panelists are: Paula Divencenzo, tax manager, Kent State University; Michele K. Keith, attorney, Flynn, Keith & Flynn, in Kent; Alice Yoho, patient advocate, Robinson Memorial Hospital; and Mindy Aleman, executive director, Gift and Estate Planning, Kent State University.

"Understanding what you need to ensure that your medical directives are known and that your assets are protected is a very significant topic. We also feel that many of our donors enjoy learning that there are ways to provide for loved ones and for the charities they support,” notes Aleman.

The Center for Gift and Estate Planning is part of the Division of Institutional Advancement at Kent State, and provides charitable planning services for the eight-campus university system. It serves as a resource to the advancement team in the division, as well as alumni, emeriti, faculty and staff, and friends of Kent State who wish to remember the institution through their estate plans.

For more information, contact Jane Ickes, senior secretary, Center for Gift and Estate Planning at or 30-672-0421.

Posted June 4, 2012

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Pedal-With-Pete Foundation Holds Bike/Hike Event on June 9

Pedal-with-Pete, the cerebral palsy foundation created by Kent State alumnus Pete Zeidner, will hold a biking event in Kent on Saturday, June 9. The start and finish line is at the Faith Lutheran Church, 931 E. Main St. Registration will take place from 7-9:30 am.

The bike/hike event is a full-service ride that includes bike tune-ups, route maps, roads marked with arrows, door prizes, a bike raffle, entertainment and massages.

The 17-mile, 40-mile, and 60-mile bike routes will take bikers along the Hike and Bike Trail and continue through neighboring communities including Silver Lake, Stow, Streetsboro, Hudson, Boston Heights, Munroe Falls, Brimfield and Ravenna Township. The family-friendly 2-mile and 6-mile hike and bike routes go through the campus of Kent State University.

Light refreshments and water will be available at rest areas along all routes.

To register for the event or for more information, visit

Read the Feb. 20 e-Inside story for more information about the Pedal-with-Pete Foundation.

Posted June 4, 2012

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