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Kent State’s Department of Residence Services To Host Skype Conversation With NASPA President

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Kevin Kruger, Ph.D., first executive
president of the National Association of
Student Personnel Administrators in Higher
Education, will address student affairs
administrators in a Skype interview on
Sept. 13.

Kent State University’s Department of Residence Services invites the Kent State community to attend a Skype conversation interview titled, “Advancing Our Profession to the Next Level,” with Kevin Kruger, Ph.D., first executive president of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA). The event is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., in the Governance Chambers at the Kent Student Center.

“Join us for an enlightening conversation about the profession both from a national and international lens to learn more about issues and challenges impacting the student affairs profession,” says Charles Holmes-Hope, assistant director of Kent State’s Department of Residence Services. “We invite faculty and staff to attend this event and hear from Dr. Kruger who brings a comprehensive perspective to student affairs and the higher education community.”

An accomplished speaker, leader and educator, Kruger has been associate executive director of NASPA since 1995, and became its first executive-level president on March 15, 2012. In his capacity as a national advocate for students and the primary spokesperson for student affairs administrators and practitioners, he draws on more than 30 years of experience in higher education.

Prior to NASPA, Kruger worked for 15 years at the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. During his tenure at the University of Maryland, he worked in orientation, student activities, leadership development, admissions and with the vice president for student affairs office. Kruger also has served as an adjunct faculty member in the student development in higher education program at Trinity College in Washington, DC.

Kruger represents NASPA in national forums such as the Washington Higher Education Secretariat, which includes the leaders of about 50 higher education associations. While at NASPA, he has pursued a number of initiatives designed to enhance the association's role in public policy, research, professional development, and student learning and assessment, with a particular interest in the use of technology in serving diverse student populations.

Kruger has published and presented nationally on leadership development, using technology in student affairs administration and international education, and is a regular lecturer on technology in student affairs, the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, assessment and student learning. He is the editor of two Jossey-Bass publications, Technology Innovations in Student Services and Using Technology to Promote Student Learning. He also has chapters in The Handbook of Student Affairs Administration, Understanding the Role of Academic and Student Affairs Collaboration in Creating a Successful Learning Environment, Beyond Borders: How International Developments are Changing Student Affairs Practice, and Involving Commuter Students in Learning.

To learn more about Kruger and NASPA, visit

For more information about the Skype conversation event, contact Holmes-Hope at or 330-672-7000.

Posted Aug. 20, 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. 20, 2012

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Kent State University Opens Exhibit Featuring Historic Fashions in “Fashion Timeline”

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Wedding dress, American, 1879 (shown
above), is part of a collection of historic
fashions on display through June 2013 in
the "Fashion Timeline" exhibit at the Kent
State University Museum.

The Kent State University Museum’s newest exhibit, “Fashion Timeline,” showcases the museum’s world-class collection of historic fashions. The exhibit is currently available for viewing in the Palmer and Mull galleries, and will remain up until June 2013. The Kent State Museum is located at 515 Hilltop Dr. on the Kent Campus. For more information, visit

The first gallery spans the late 18th and early 19th centuries. This was a period of revolutionary change that is reflected in the fashions. The American and French revolutions radically changed the political landscapes, while the industrial revolution transformed how goods, particularly clothing and textiles, were made. The luxury and rococo excesses of the 18th century gave way to the romanticism and neoclassicism of the early 19th century.

“Encompassing two centuries of fashion history, this exhibition is designed to show the evolution of styles and silhouettes while contextualizing the pieces with relevant political, technological and cultural developments,” says Sarah Hume, curator of the exhibit and for the museum.

The next room includes the second half of the 19th century to the dawn of World War I. Synthetic dyes opened up a world of color and the sewing machine facilitated the application of yards of ruffles, pleats and fringe. The upholstered, heavy styles of the Victorian era eventually gave way to Edwardian froth and lace. The final room finishes the timeline with fashions of the early 20th century. While that time period may have been a period of world wars and depression, fashions also reflected the heydays of jazz and swing, the boldness of Art Deco, and the endless possibilities of technology from plastics to rockets.

In addition to the garments on view in the Palmer and Mull galleries, an array of accessories, particularly shoes and hats, line the hallways. The silhouettes are the most obvious changes that can be seen, but there are also changes in textiles and colors. The display is intended to be a permanent feature at the museum, but the individual pieces will be rotated frequently so there is always something new to see.

The Museum is closed on Monday and Tuesday. It is open 10 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. – 8:45 p.m. on Thursday; and noon – 4:45 p.m. on Sunday. General admission is $5; senior citizens (55+ years old), $4; students and children (7-18 years old), $3; children younger than 7 years old, free. Admission to the museum is free on Sundays.

Posted Aug. 20, 2012

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