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ESPN Investigative Unit Producer to Visit Kent State University

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Senior Coordinating Producer for ESPN
Dwayne Bray will visit Kent State University
on Nov. 5.

Dwayne Bray, senior coordinating producer for ESPN, will visit Kent State University in November to share insight into how ESPN manages to balance its journalistic duties and its business relationships with the top sports leagues and conferences whose games it broadcasts.

Bray, who oversees reporters for ESPN's well-respected "Outside the Lines" and “SportsCenter” programs, will share some of his team's work and "give the 30,000-foot view of ESPN, including newsgathering, production and competing in today's media world."

The lecture is set for 2:15 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5, in the FirstEnergy Auditorium in Franklin Hall. It is free and open to the public. Kent State students will tweet live from the event using the hashtag #brayatjmc.

“It is an important part of our ongoing diversity initiative to expose our students to successful minorities who can serve as role models in the professions they are studying,” says Thor Wasbotten, director of Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Prior to joining ESPN, Bray was assistant sports editor (2004-2005), sports editor (2004-2005) and deputy managing editor (2005-2006) of the Dallas Morning News; assistant metro editor (1995-1997) and sports editor (1997-2000) of the Dayton Daily News; and courts reporter at the Los Angeles Times (1993-1995).

“Dwayne is a friend and former boss of mine,” says Sue Valerian, an adjunct instructor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, who helped arrange Bray’s visit. “Several of my students want to go into sports broadcasting or write about sports. Either way, Dwayne has experience in both areas. And today, the lines are blurred between print and broadcast. Students need to be proficient in both writing and shooting video. Dwayne's experience can help students learn about what it means to be a sports journalist today. And really, what it means to be a journalist in any area.”

Valerian hopes Bray’s presentation will give students perspective, knowledge and insight into what it takes to do good journalism.

“I hope Dwayne helps students understand that they have to be a student of the news and use judgment and instinct to succeed,” Valerian says. “Dwayne is a good role model for aspiring young journalists. He’s grounded but ambitious. He's street smart and book smart. He's a terrific journalist who's passionate about great stories and uncovering the truth.”

Bray is an East Cleveland native.

Posted Nov. 5, 2012

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African Community Theatre Presents Fall 2012 Production of “Broke-ology”

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Pictured above is the cast from the fall 2012 production
of "Broke-ology," which is directed by Fran Dorsey, Ph.D.,
associate professor with Kent State’s Department of
Pan-African Studies.

The African Community Theatre will present its fall 2012 production of “Broke-ology” by Nathan Louis Jackson and directed by Fran Dorsey, Ph.D., associate professor with Kent State’s Department of Pan-African Studies. The theatre is located in Ritchie Hall, 225 Terrace Dr., on the Kent Campus.

The play runs from Thursday, Nov. 8, through Sunday, Nov. 11, and Thursday, Nov. 15 through Sunday, Nov. 18. Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8 p.m., and the Sunday matinee begins at 3 p.m.

“Broke-ology” is a story about a father, his wife and sons as they struggle with the father’s aging. “Broke-ology” displays transformation into life and death within a family at a crossroads.

According to the New Yorker magazine, “Jackson's characters love, laugh, dance and argue in a way that honors their bittersweet survival" – a struggle between health and selfish desires, family and education, life and death. “Broke-ology” will make you laugh, think and cry about the pains of growing old and not knowing what to do.

The play features the talents of Devin Bates from Copley, Ohio, Lewis Finney from Cleveland, Ohio, and Kent State students Brittany Stephenson from Chicago, Ill. and Bryan Miller-Foster from Washington, D.C.

Tickets are $7 for students and senior citizens, and $10 for general admission. For more information and reservations, please call 330-672-2300 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) or 330-672-0151 (after 5 p.m.).

Posted Nov. 5, 2012

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Kent State University at Stark Marks Veterans Day

Kent State University at Stark will mark Veterans Day with a variety of events and activities. Veterans Day honors the bravery and sacrifice of all U.S. veterans.

2012 Veterans Day Events and Activities

Support Our Troops Collection Drive
Oct. 26 - Nov. 8
Collection bins located throughout campus. The drive is sponsored by the Geology Club.
View flier with most needed items

Field of Honor
Monday, Nov. 5
9:30 a.m. at the Flag Pole Circle
Volunteers will gather to place flags along Frank Avenue Boulevard in recognition of our veterans. Contact Will Casterlow at 330-244-3250 or if you're interested in helping place flags.

Reflections of Service
An online multimedia collection of military experiences
Learn more about the collection.

Flag-Raising Ceremony
Thursday, Nov. 8
Noon at the Flag Pole Circle
Flag-raising by members of Mineral City's American Legion Post #519.

Veterans Connection
Thursday, Nov. 8
Library Conference Room
Discussion with multiple organizations that assist veterans and their families at 1 p.m.

Individual Breakouts: Opportunity for attendees to talk to the members of the organizations represented at the Veterans Connection at 2:30 p.m.

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Kent State Presents Global Entrepreneurship Week

Kent State University will mark Global Entrepreneurship Week with a series of events Nov. 13 – 15 for students, alumni and the community.

Each November, Global Entrepreneurship Week connects young people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.

“Global Entrepreneurship Week is a recognition and celebration of entrepreneurial activities worldwide,” said Julie Messing, executive director of entrepreneurship initiatives at Kent State. “We saw this as the perfect opportunity for Kent State’s Blackstone LaunchPad to plan events and programming, as our services are available to all majors at Kent State. This also gives us the opportunity to highlight entrepreneurial activities that are already happening across the university.”

Kent State’s Blackstone LaunchPad program emphasizes entrepreneurship as a viable career path and gives Kent State students, faculty and alumni the skills, knowledge and guidance they need to start new companies. The program, which accommodates all students regardless of major and involves local entrepreneurs as mentors, started offering services to students in late May and celebrated its official grand opening on Sept. 28.

Schedule of Events for Global Entrepreneurship Week at Kent State

All events are free and open to public unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, Nov. 13

Keynote Address: “Global Entrepreneurship - Starting Locally/Expanding Globally”
6:30 p.m., Kent Student Center Kiva
Richard Brandt, director of the Iacocca Institute at Lehigh University

8 p.m., Room 306, Kent Student Center
Richard Brandt, as well as representatives from student businesses and other exhibitors will be on hand for discussion and questions. Refreshments provided.

Wednesday, Nov. 14

“Developing a Fashion-able Product”

2 - 3 p.m. Room 122, Rockwell Hall
Kevin Wolfgang, Kent State’s TechStyleLAB
A discussion of developing, manufacturing and taking to market a fashion-related garment or accessory. An original design by Linda Ohrn-McDaniel, associate professor of fashion design at The Fashion School at Kent State, will be used as a case study. Co-sponsored by The Fashion School.

“Mobile, Social and Other Emerging Channels: Designing Solutions to Meet the New Business Reality”
5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Room 313, Kent Student Center
Co-sponsored by Kent State’s School of Digital Sciences and Brian Stein, Pervasive Path Consulting, LLC.

Finding Ideas and Following Your Passion
6 - 7 p.m., Room 129, Prentice Hall
Kate Harmon, Kent State’s Blackstone LaunchPad program manager
Co-sponsored by Kent State College of Business Administration Learning Communities.
**Open to Kent State Learning Community Members only**

Thursday, Nov. 15

International Entrepreneurship in Northeast Ohio Panel
noon - 1 p.m., Room 315, Kent Student Center
A panel discussion of legal implications, public relations and other factors that affect international students, immigration and business.

Career Services Networking Prep
5 - 5:30 p.m., Career Services Center, located at 261 Schwartz Center
Students are invited to stop in for a networking prep session
Co-sponsored by Kent State’s Career Services Center.

Golden Flashes: Past and Present Entrepreneurs
6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Room 306, Kent Student Center
Bootstrapping, marketing, pitching. Students have the opportunity to speed-network with Kent State alumni and entrepreneurs about the how-to’s of start-up businesses. Refreshments provided. Co-Sponsored by the Kent State University Alumni Association.
**Open to Kent State students and alumni only**

For more information about Global Entrepreneurship Week, visit

More information about Kent State’s Blackstone LaunchPad is available at

Posted Nov. 5, 2012 | Bob Burford

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Kent State Hockey Club Inaugural Fundraiser Event

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Former NHL broadcaster and Kent State
alumnus Mike Fornes will perform during
the Kent State Hockey Club's inaugural
fundraising event.

Join the Kent State Hockey Club on Saturday, Nov. 17, as Mike Fornes, class of 1975, and former NHL broadcaster, returns to Kent as the lead singer of Whispers of the North. The evening will be dedicated to Kent State’s first hockey coach, Don Lumley, and his wife, Elaine. All proceeds go directly to the Kent State Hockey Club team.

Highlights of the Day

  • Alumni Game, at 1 p.m., at Kent State’s Ice Arena
  • Kent State University vs. The University of Akron, at 2:30 p.m., at Kent State’s Ice Arena
  • Downtown Kent (Dinner on your own), from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Whispers of the North at the Kent Stage, at 7:30 p.m.

There are two ticket options: $30 per person, includes game ticket, concert ticket and drink ticket at the concert, or $20 per person, includes concert ticket and drink ticket at the concert.

To purchase tickets, visit

For more information, contact Bill Switaj, manager of Kent State’s Ice Arena, at

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Kent State University School of Art Gallery Presents “Beautiful Data”

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Kent State University's School of Art Gallery presents
"Beautiful Data," an exhibition that showcases the
intersection of math, science, technology and art.

Exhibition shares the intersection of math, science, technology and art

Kent State University School of Art Gallery will present “Beautiful Data: Technology and the Creative Process,” curated by Director of Galleries Anderson Turner. The exhibition runs through Nov. 16 in the School of Art Gallery.

“Beautiful Data” has been curated in support of this year’s inauguration of the iPad initiative in the School of Art. The iPad is the only materials requirement for students — usually first-year students — two-dimensional composition classes beginning this fall semester. This exhibition provides examples of people who use math, science and technology in an artistic way.

“Many of our students coming in as freshmen have very little understanding of what being an artist means or can mean. If they have any concept at all, it tends to sway toward a more traditional bent,” says Turner. “It is my hope that as our students grow in using technology, they can find ways to integrate aspects of contemporary society into their work. This iPad initiative, launched by Assistant Professor Mark Schatz and other faculty teaching 2-D composition, is an important step for our students and our school. This show has been curated with the students in mind and in the hopes that it will help to expand upon the new experiences they are having this semester.”

This exhibition features the work of Jerry Birchfield, Bruce Checefsky, Ellen Hoverkamp, Fathom and Form, Nathan Selikoff, Nicholeen Viall, Elizabeth Whiteley and Ye Zhao. This group of scientists and artists are using math, science and technology to create results that are visually interesting. In some cases the original intention was not artistic, but the result is visually intriguing.

These individuals and their research have been chosen for this exhibition to inspire imaginations and encourage our students — and all of us — to be open to visual expressions originating beyond the artist’s studio.

The School of Art Gallery is located in the Art Building at 400 Janik Dr. on the Kent Campus. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 330-672-7853 or visit

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Cornhole for a Cause

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The annual United Way Cornhole Tournament is open to
all Kent State faculty, staff and affiliates of the university.
This year's tournament, benefiting the United Way, will
take place on Nov. 8.

The Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs will hold its fourth annual United Way Cornhole Tournament on Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. Check-in begins at 3:15 p.m. and play begins at 4 p.m., and is open to all faculty, staff and affiliates of the university, including friends.

The single-elimination tournament will involve a round of the best of three games. As many as 64 teams will be allowed to participate. The cost to participate is $50 per team. The entire registration fee benefits the United Way.

“Cornhole is known for being a friendly competition, so what better way to represent your department or organization than by competing and raising money for an effective organization like the United Way? It’s an organization that makes a difference right here in Portage County,” says Barbara Boltz, project director for Enrollment Data and Systems Support in the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs.

The United Way is a non-profit organization that works with nearly 1,300 local United Way offices throughout the country in a partnership with charitable organizations to raise efforts in fundraising and support.

To register for the cornhole tournament, visit By registering, each team member will receive official tournament T-shirts. For more information, contact Boltz at

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University Libraries Presents Library Live!

Event is an information and resources conference for faculty, staff, students and other community members

Kent State University Libraries will sponsor a one-day conference at the University Library on the Kent Campus on Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. The conference will provide an opportunity for hands-on learning and a chance to find out about resources that can support your teaching and research. Sessions of interest to the general community will also be offered.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Advanced registration is strongly recommended and required for lunch.

For more information and to register, visit

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Kent State’s Office of Global Education Hosts 5th International Cook-Off

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The 5th International Cook-Off event,
hosted by Kent State’s Office of Global
Education, will take place on Nov. 15.

Kent State’s Office of Global Education will host 5th International Cook-Off event on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 6-8 p.m. at the Kent Student Center Ballroom. The event features food from around the world with student teams competing for first, second and third place prizes. Guests will vote for their favorite dish to win the People’s Choice award.

There will be free food samples, ice cream, and students earn 500 FLASHPerks. The first 100 people to arrive at the event will get a free T-Shirt.

“The cook-off started as a way for our international students to showcase and share their cultures with American students,” says Jessica Cohen, marketing coordinator, Office of Global Education. “With each cook-off event we’ve had, we have seen more domestic students signing up to compete. If you think about it, everyone has a heritage or experience to share – a recipe passed down through the family or something you ate while studying abroad that reminds you of your travels. Sharing those cultures is what the cook-off is all about.”

To learn more about the International Cook-Off, contact Cohen at 330-672-0916 or or visit

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Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication Presents “Dreamscape Diary”

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"Dreamscape Diary" is a photo exhibit by senior
photojournalism student Brooke DiDonato.

A special reception and opening of “Dreamscape Diary,” a photo exhibit by Brooke DiDonato, a senior photojournalism student at Kent State University, will take place on Monday, Nov. 5, at 6:30 p.m. in Franklin Hall.

The solo show gathers select images from an impressive, yearlong conceptual project that won a Bronze in the Illustration category of the national College Photographer of the Year competition.

“Dreamscape Diary” is a selection of conceptual photographs taken each day for a year that express a dream, a thought or a personal reflection, and merge a life lived and imagined.

For more information about the event, contact Photo Instructor Gary Harwood at

Posted Nov. 5, 2012

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