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Kent State University to Celebrate Successful Partnership With New College of Podiatric Medicine on Aug. 8

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A symbolic ribbon-tying celebration that signifies the joining
of Kent State University and the Ohio College of Podiatric
Medicine will take place on Aug. 8 at the campus of the new
Kent State College of Podiatric Medicine in Independence.

Kent State University will host a symbolic ribbon-tying event on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 11 a.m., to celebrate the establishment of the new Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine, formerly known as the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine.

Faculty, staff, students, alumni, local officials and friends of the university and the new college are invited to attend the event, which will take place at the campus of the Kent State College of Podiatric Medicine located at 6000 Rockside Woods Blvd. in Independence. As opposed to a ribbon-cutting ceremony, the event is a ribbon tying, signifying the two institutions – Kent State and the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine – coming together to become the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine.

The event will begin with opening remarks, followed immediately by a luncheon reception and facility tours.

The College of Podiatric Medicine officially became a part of Kent State on July 1 in a friendly acquisition that offers expanded academic options for podiatry students, including strategic partnerships with other Kent State colleges.

For more information about the event, contact Mark Syroney at or 216-707-8074.

For more information about the College of Podiatric Medicine, visit

Posted Aug. 6, 2012

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Panelists Will Focus On Media Ethics of “Dirty Politics” at National Workshop

Kent State to host Connie Schultz as keynote speaker at annual Poynter Kent State Media Ethics Workshop

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Author, TV commentator and former Plain Dealer columnist
Connie Schultz will deliver the lunch keynote address at this
year’s Poynter Kent State Media Ethics Workshop on Sept. 20.
Schultz, a Pulitzer Prize-winner, also is a Kent State alumna.

Blistering sound bites, attack ads and pack journalism are all parts of “dirty politics.” The focus of this year’s Poynter Kent State Media Ethics Workshop will reflect upon the significance of fact-checking, polling and anti-gender bias in political reporting at the eighth annual event at Kent State University’s Franklin Hall on Thursday, Sept. 20.

Media professionals, educators and college students will attend panel discussions, question-and-answer sessions and debates led by nationally recognized media and political experts.

Pulitzer Prize-winner and Kent State alumna Connie Schultz will address attendees during the lunch keynote presentation. Schultz is an author, TV commentator and former Plain Dealer columnist.

Other speakers include:

  • Greg Korte, USA Today
  • PolitiFact representative
  • Mark Naymik, Plain Dealer political reporter and blogger
  • Sandy Theis, media consultant, principal at Midwest Gateway Partners, former Plain Dealer Statehouse Bureau Chief
  • John Green, director, Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, The University of Akron
  • Drs. Steve Hook and Rick Robyn, professors of political science, Kent State University
  • Jill Miller Zimon, Pepper Pike City Council member
  • Kelly McBride, Poynter Institute ethics specialist
  • Ellyn Angelotti, Poynter Institute journalism values and legal challenges specialist

Additional guests and panelists will be announced soon.

The live program will host 150 attendees, and it will draw a national audience through live streaming and mobile devices. Viewers can contribute to discussions and ask questions via Twitter, using the hashtag #ksuethics12.

Detailed information:

What: Eighth Annual Poynter Kent State Media Ethics Workshop, “Dirty Politics?” focuses on ethics and politics

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012

Where: FirstEnergy Auditorium in Franklin Hall, 550 Hilltop Dr., Kent State University

Cost: $25 for media and public relations professionals, $20 for educators and FREE for students

Event website for details and registration:

Questions: Contact Jan Leach, 330-672-4289 or or Jennifer Kramer, 330-672-1960 or

The Poynter Kent State Media Ethics Workshop is sponsored by the Poynter Institute, the Media Law Center for Ethics and Access, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the College of Communication and Information, the Civic Commons, Kent State Department of Political Science, Kent State TeleProductions, Kent State’s Department of Educational Technology, Akron Area PRSA, the Akron Beacon Journal and the Online News Association.

Posted Aug. 6, 2012

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The Hills of Porthouse Theatre Will Be Alive With "The Sound of Music"

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Porthouse Theatre’s final production in its 2012 season
is the Rodgers and Hammerstein family favorite
The Sound of Music featuring Kayce Cummings as Maria
and Larry Nehring as Captain Georg von Trapp. Also pictured
(left to right) are Courtney Nelson (Louisa), Lucy Anders (Liesl),
Cameron Nelson (Brigitta), Carly Nelson (Gretl), Cassidy Nelson
(Marta), Cameron Howard (Friedrich) and Sam Culver (Kurt).

Porthouse Theatre, the outdoor, professional summer stock theatre located on the grounds of Blossom Music Center, closes its 2012 season with the Rodgers and Hammerstein favorite The Sound of Music. Evening performances are Aug. 7-11 at 8 p.m., as well as 2 p.m. matinee performances on Aug. 11-12. For tickets, call 330-672-3884 or visit

Many people know this uplifting family tale through the Oscar-winning film starring Julie Andrews, but the original Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical is no less celebrated and timeless. With songs written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, the musical book is written by the writing team of Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, while Ernest Lehman wrote the screenplay. The musical originated with the book The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp. It contains many popular songs, including “Edelweiss,” “My Favorite Things,” “Climb Ev'ry Mountain,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” “The Lonely Goatherd” and the title song.

The production is directed by Terri Kent, the theatre’s well-known artistic director whose work at Porthouse Theatre includes this season’s Damn Yankees and previous years with Chicago, Bye Bye Birdie, The Music Man, Dames at Sea, Annie Get Your Gun and Oklahoma! Most recently, Kent directed A Chorus Line at Kent State University and Quilters at Weathervane Theatre in Akron. Kent, who is a full professor, also serves as the coordinator of the musical theatre program for the School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State.
Kent teams up with Music Director Jonathan Swoboda, who often serves as a featured keyboard artist for Mannheim Steamroller. Swoboda has served as music director for more than 75 theatres and touring companies. He also served as resident music director at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in California. He is currently on faculty at Kent State’s School of Theatre and Dance.

MaryAnn Black, Porthouse Theatre’s assistant artistic director, serves as choreographer.

Production Stage Manager Lizzie Robinson has worked at Syracuse Stage, Cleveland Play House and Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy in Washington, D.C.

The production team is made up of Kent State alumni all coming back to their alma mater. Scenic design is by Nolan O’Dell, who lives in Florida and works at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts; lighting design is by T.C. Kouyeas Jr., who is now a professor at Frostburg State University in Maryland; costume design is by Sarah Russell, who serves as faculty at Ashland University; and sound design is by Brian Chismar, a recent Kent State graduate of the School of Theatre and Dance theatre technology program.

The cast is made up of 26 actors, four of them members of Actors’ Equity Association*, not to mention an ensemble of sisters made up in part by the Porthouse Theatre College Academy members.

Kayce Cummings* of Nashville, Tenn., stars as Maria. Audiences will remember Cummings as Annie from Annie Get Your Gun, Marian in The Music Man, Maria in West Side Story and Laurie in Oklahoma! Cummings worked for Walt Disney Productions where she played such parts as Belle in Beauty and the Beast and on such shows as Saved by the Bell.

Larry Nehring* of Cleveland, stars as Captain Georg von Trapp. He is an area actor, director, choreographer and sign interpreter. Most recently, he was seen in Seafarer at Dobama Theatre. He has performed all around Cleveland and Akron.

Lisa Kuhnen* of New York, N.Y., plays Elsa. Lisa has been seen in numerous productions at Porthouse Theatre. She appeared in the national tour of Cats and also has performed at Cleveland Play House, Great Lakes Theater, Carousel Theatre and Syracuse Stage.

Eric van Baars* of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, as Max. Van Baars is well-known to Porthouse Theatre audiences having starred as Applegate in Damn Yankees, as The Music Man, Felix in The Odd Couple, Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar, Will Parker in Oklahoma! and so many more. He also has appeared at Radio City Music Hall, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Walnut Street Theatre, St. Louis Repertory Playhouse and Beck Center for the Arts.

Porthouse Theatre features free parking and allows patrons to bring in picnics (including alcohol) to its grounds to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, which is located next to the theatre grounds. A covered picnic pavilion is available for reservation at $2 per person or free for subscribers and is based on availability. There also is a concession stand of light snacks and beverages.
Many picnic tables are available for everyone’s enjoyment at no cost.

Porthouse Theatre is located on the grounds of Blossom Music Center at 1145 W. Steels Corners Rd. in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Single tickets range from $25 to $33 for adults and seniors, and $17 to $20 for students. The box office is located in Kent State’s Music and Speech Center on the corner of Main Street and Horning Drive in Kent. The box office accepts personal checks, Visa, MasterCard and Discover.

Tickets also are available by calling 330-672-3884 or 330-672-2497, Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by visiting to purchase online. Special rates for groups of 20 or more are available, as are student rates.

For more information, visit

Posted Aug. 6, 2012

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