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Symposium on Flexible Liquid Crystal Devices to be held Sept. 26-27

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Kent State University will hold a two-day symposium from
Sept. 26-27 to celebrate its traditional strength in liquid
crystal research and showcase the latest developments
in flexible liquid crystal devices.

Kent State University announces a two-day symposium to celebrate its traditional strength in liquid crystal research and showcase the latest developments in flexible liquid crystal devices: displays, e-writers, eyewear, photovoltaics, sensors and biomedical devices. It will feature presentations from technology and business leaders in each field and a poster session reporting the latest research and developments from members of FlexMatters, the Northeast Ohio collaborative fostering the growing regional cluster in flexible electronics.

The symposium, to be held at the Kent Student Center Kiva on Sept. 26-27, will bring together academic and industry researchers, regional business leaders and students who have an interest in the science and promising new flexible liquid crystal device technology.

The symposium will provide a platform for local and international research and industry leaders to discuss opportunities and hurdles inherent in flexible electronic devices, including research, development and manufacturing challenges.

Kent State University's Glenn H. Brown Liquid Crystal Institute® (LCI), established in 1965, is the world's most comprehensive research, technology transfer and education program of its kind. Building on its extensive research in displays and electro-optics, Kent State researchers are exploring new frontiers in energy and medicine through their work on flexible organic photovoltaics and flexible implanted bioelectronics for diagnosis and therapeutics.

The keynote speaker, Michael McCreary, Ph.D. is the deputy chief technology officer for E Ink Corporation, the world’s largest supplier of displays to the eBook industry which appear in products such as the Amazon Kindle. At E Ink, he is responsible for creating a portfolio of advanced technologies that will enable new generations of novel display products. McCreary is a 38-year veteran of the imaging industry and held a number of leadership positions with Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE: EK) prior to joining E Ink, including serving as the general manager of the company's Microelectronics Technology Division. In that role, McCreary had responsibility for Kodak's solid-state imager business, including research and development, engineering, manufacturing, business development, marketing and sales. In addition to his E Ink responsibilities, McCreary currently serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Display Consortium, and the Technical Advisory Board of MC10. McCreary earned a B.S. with honors in chemistry from Principia College and a Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has also attended executive business programs with the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.

Other invited speakers include:

  • Nicholas Abbott, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Shizuo Tokito, Organic Electronics Research Center, Yamagata University, Japan
  • Miko Cakmak, University of Akron
  • Joe Klinehamer, Genvac Aerospace
  • Jan Lagerwall, Seoul National University, Korea
  • Asad Khan, Kent Displays, Inc.
  • Bahman Taheri, AlphaMicron, Inc.

Registration is required for this event, which is free to students, faculty and staff of Kent State University. To register, go to

All non-Kent State registrants must pay a registration fee of $150 at the online registration site:

To learn more about the symposium, visit the event home page at

For more information, contact Jim Maxwell at

Posted Aug. 13, 2012

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“Let’s Take a Ride/Walk” Offers Free Lunch to Kent State Faculty, Staff and Students

Kent State University faculty, staff members and students are invited to walk or ride a bicycle along the Kent State University Esplanade to the downtown Kent restaurant, Laziza, during the second annual “Let’s Take a Ride/Walk” event on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 11:30 a.m. Free lunch will be served by Laziza to all participants and valuable coupons for Main Street merchants will be available.

The event offers the opportunity for participants to hear about new shops coming to Acorn Alley II in downtown Kent, and learn biking tips from the Portage Cyclery experts.

Registration tables for the event will be located by the information desk in the Kent Student Center, which also is the takeoff point for the walk and bike ride. Participants can choose to ride their own bikes or get a free rental from FlashFleet at the Kent Student Center.

Students earn 500 FLASHperk reward points by participating in this event.

Organizers of the event say the support of the Kent State community is key to the success of local downtown businesses. Downtown Kent merchants hope to complete the overall Kent State community and college town experience.

“Let’s Take a Ride/Walk” is sponsored by Kent State’s Taskforce on Sustainability, Laziza, Miracle on Main Street (M.O.M.S), Main Street Kent, OneKent, Portage Cyclery and TransPORTAGE.

For more information, contact Alex Piteo at 330-673-6115 or Marty Mundy at 330-672-9618.

Posted Aug. 13, 2012

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Women Business Leaders to Inspire and Educate Small Business Owners at Entrepreneur Experience

The Small Business Development Center at Kent State University at Stark and the Stark Development Board are proud to announce the Entrepreneur Experience, a series of events and seminars to encourage the professional practices of entrepreneurs at all levels. The first event in the series will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at The University Center at Kent State Stark, 6000 Frank Ave. NW in Jackson Township.

The first event of the Entrepreneur Experience will feature Monica Cornetti, owner of the business training and consulting firm EntrepreNow!, and Jennifer Downey, the president of Ambiance Incorporated. Attendees will be motivated by the knowledge and expertise of these women as they share how to achieve positive results through customer service, confident communication and other aspects to build and maintain a successful business. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Small Business Development Center Scholarship Fund.

Keynote Speaker: Monica Cornetti

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Monica Cornetti, owner of the business
training and consulting firm EntrepreNow!,
will keynote the Entrepreneur Experience
seminar on Sept. 25 at Kent State Stark.

A senior small business development specialist and the owner of EntrepreNow!, Cornetti is a highly sought after speaker and trainer because of her spunkiness and emphasis on fun while learning. With more than 20 years of experience in the corporate, nonprofit and academic sectors, her expertise centers on bringing excellence to organizations through leadership and training. She delivers high-energy, high-content training, along with a plan for application in the real world. Having been featured on the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek, Cornetti has been designated one of the best entrepreneurial training experts and is one of few professionals to have earned a combined Master of Science degree in economic development and entrepreneurship. She is the author of the acclaimed book Your Face Isn’t Finished Until Your Lipstick Is On: Rules of the Women’s Success Game, and the forthcoming book, What Were You Thinking?

Event Agenda

Check-in and Continental Breakfast: 7:45 - 8:15 a.m.

Morning Keynote Session: 8:15 - 11:15 a.m.
Your Face Isn’t Finished Until Your Lipstick is On: Rules of the Women’s Success Game presented by Monica Cornetti

Everyone knows that the rules for success are different for men and women. Based on her top-selling book, Your Face Isn’t Finished Until Your Lipstick is On: Rules of the Women’s Success Game, Cornetti gives straight-forward lessons that empower women to make their own choices and bend or even break the rules where necessary on their journey to success. In this enchanting keynote, you’ll learn that:

  • Your worth is not based on your physical looks
  • There is no “one shoe fits all” formula, and you can create your own formula for success
  • Once you determine what it really is you want to do, it’s time to identify the fears that are holding you back
  • You can decide to take charge of your destiny when you let your heart guide you
  • The world needs you and it’s up to you to decide what you want

Lunch Session: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Jennifer Downey, President of Ambiance, Incorporated

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Pioneering president and CEO of
Ambiance Jennifer Downey will
speak during the lunch session
at the Sept. 25 Entrepreneur
Experience seminar.

Jennifer Downey has been a successful retailer for the past 30 years. As Ambiance, the Store for Lovers’ pioneering president and CEO, she has garnered numerous awards and accolades as one of the region’s top female executives. Among them, she has been an Athena™ Awards finalist, named Small Business Person of the Year runner-up by the U.S. Small Business Administration and Retail Rainmaker by Northern Ohio Live magazine. Most recently, her company was honored for the sixth year in a row for its World Class Customer Service and took home the Best Customer Experience award. She is an active member of Council of Small Enterprises (COSE), the Cleveland Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners and founding board member of Plexus, as well as several other organizations.

Afternoon Keynote Session: 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Let’s Talk! – The Secret of Powerful Communication Skills for Women presented by Monica Cornetti
It’s a fact - women who are powerful, poised communicators are seen as more professional and are much more likely to achieve tremendous career success. In this session, you will learn how to avoid the major communication mistakes that damage women’s careers and how to master confident and credible communication. This program includes high-impact techniques that will help you:

  • Communicate assertively to get what you want – without seeming pushy
  • Communicate with greater authority and credibility
  • Resolve conflict and handle confrontation professionally
  • Be seen as a capable, credible, poised professional woman … who earns respect from all!

The special registration fee for the Entrepreneur Experience is $49 per person. The Small Business Development Center is providing a $100 endowment per person, reducing the regular fee of $149. The registration fee for this event includes breakfast, break stations, lunch and keynote speaker Monica Cornetti’s book, Your Face Isn’t Finished Until Your Lipstick is On: Rules of the Women’s Success Game.

To register for this event, visit Payment is accepted with MasterCard, Visa or Discover. Registration is limited to 75.

For more information regarding the Entrepreneur Experience, contact the SBDC at 330-244-3290 or or visit

Posted Aug. 13, 2012

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LeAnn Rimes Concert Rescheduled

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The LeAnn Rimes concert has been rescheduled for
Oct. 28 at the Performing Arts Center at Kent State University
at Tuscarawas.

The LeAnn Rimes Acoustic concert, originally scheduled for July 26, has been rescheduled for Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center at Kent State University at Tuscarawas. Rimes had cancelled the July 26 date due to an emergency medical procedure. Tickets for the LeAnn Rimes Acoustic concert range from $49 to $69.

Rimes is a country and pop singer who has received two Grammy awards, three Academy of Country Music awards, a Country Music Association award, 12 Billboard Music Awards and one American Music Award.

"We are thrilled to accommodate our patrons and bring this country superstar to the Performing Arts Center," says Mike Morelli, general manager for the Performing Arts Center. "All refunds from the July 26 concert have been processed.”

Original ticket holders were given the first opportunity to repurchase their original seats from Aug. 8 - 10. All remaining tickets will go on sale Aug. 14.

Box office hours are weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by mail, in person at the box office, by calling 330-308-6400 or online at

Free parking is available for all shows. The Performing Arts Center at Kent State Tuscarawas is located at 330 University Dr. NE, New Philadelphia.

Posted Aug. 13, 2012

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