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Registration Open for the Spring 2013 Bowman Breakfast

The spring 2013 Bowman Breakfast will take place at Kent State University in the Kent Student Center Ballroom on Tuesday, April 16. Doors open at 7 a.m., breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m., and the program will follow at 8 a.m. The featured speaker is Roger Di Paolo, editor of The Record-Courier. Di Paolo will speak on the topic “Beyond Audacity: Celebrating 21st-Century Kent.”

The cost to attend is $9 per person at the door, payable by cash or check. No invoicing is available for this event, and payment at the door is required.

Reservations can be completed online or by contacting Mary Mandalari at 330-672-8664 or no later than Wednesday, April 10. No shows will be billed. If you find you cannot attend, please contact Mandalari at 330-672-8664 or to cancel your reservation by April 10.

Di Paolo, a graduate of Kent State, has served as editor of The Record-Courier since 1991, and has been with the newspaper since 1977 when he was hired as a reporter while completing his journalism degree. He has been recognized by the United Press International and the Associated Press (AP) with awards for reporting and editorial writing, and was honored by the AP with a statewide, first-place award for editorial writing in 2005.

Di Paolo’s interest in local history led to the publication of Rooted in Kent: 101 Tales From the Tree City, a collection of his "Portage Pathways" columns for The Record-Courier published by the Kent Historical Society Press in 2009. He also has edited Yesteryears, a weekly history feature, for nearly 32 years.

He has served as a board member and officer of the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce and the Ravenna Area Chamber of Commerce. He also was a member and past president of the Stow-Munroe Falls Library Board of Trustees. He is a member of the Kent City Schools Hall of Fame Advisory Committee.

This is Di Paolo’s third appearance as a Bowman Breakfast speaker. He spoke to the 2010 breakfast as part of the Kent Chamber's centennial celebration and also shared the 2012 Bowman Breakfast with Ron Burbick.

Kent State is committed to making its programs and activities accessible to those individuals with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation, please contact Amy Quillin, Student Accessibility Services, at 330-672-3391 or

The Bowman Breakfast, a tradition since 1963, is sponsored by Kent State and the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce.

Posted March 25, 2013

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Kent Dance Ensemble 201 New View

School of Theatre and Dance’s pre-professional dance ensemble presents annual concert

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Kent Dance Ensemble dancers perform a routine from
Monkey Brains and Paper Chains, choreographed by
Associate Professor Barbara Allegra Verlezza. The
ensemble will stage a concert April 5, 6 and 7 at the
E. Turner Stump Theatre, located in the Music and Speech

On April 5, 6 and 7, Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance will present the Kent Dance Ensemble’s annual main stage concert, New View. The concert will be performed in E. Turner Stump Theatre, located in the Music and Speech Building at 1325 Theatre Dr. on the Kent Campus. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 8 p.m., and the Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. A complimentary reception will take place after the Friday, April 5, performance. To reserve tickets, call the Performing Arts Box Office at 330-672-2787 between noon and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. General adult admission is $16; $14 for Kent State faculty, staff and Alumni Association members; $12 for seniors; and $8 for non-Kent State students with a valid I.D. Tickets are free for all full-time, undergraduate students from the Kent Campus.

New View is a concert of jazz and modern dances choreographed by four Kent State faculty members as well as New York City guest artist Linda Nutter. The evening opens with Nutter’s farcical Rhyme Nor Reason, a sextet first performed by New York University dancers more than 25 years ago. The whimsical dance is chock full of non-sequiters and cultural references from the 1980s, as well as animal images and everyday pedestrian movement — see how many you can find. A trio of dancers moves through an athletic conversation using intense gestures and shared body language in Hidden Dialogue, choreographed by Kent State’s Joan Meggitt, artistic/executive director of Antaeus Dance, Cleveland. The intensely physical choreography requires the dancers to throw themselves through space and at one another. The first half of the concert closes with Assistant Professor Erin LaSala’s quirky new trio Femmes Fortes, a high-energy study of the inner "superhero" who lives inside us all.

After intermission, we’ll have you groovin’ in your seats with Artistic Director Kimberly Karpanty’s new concert jazz work that blends sophisticated wit with a vigorous, stylized vocabulary. Each of the five performers brought her own unique personality and movement flair to the work, fashioned as a reply to two tracks by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. This season, the 10 new, hardworking young women in the pre-professional student dance company will be joined by 4-6th grade music students from Defer Intermediate School in Streetsboro for a special treat. Emerging unexpectedly from the audience, the Defer Dancers will approach the stage and perform short creative dances of their own derision, made in intensive after-school workshops. When they have finished slithering, sliding, floating and gliding, the evening will close with Associate Professor Barbara Allegra Verlezza’s vigorous Monkey Brains and Paper Chains, performed by all 10 members of the ensemble. This spirited and dynamic dance explores the concepts of an indecisive, unsettled and anxious ‘monkey brain’ complicated by the fragile or restraints (paper chains) that impede the ability for one to make changes in thought or behavior.

Contact Karpanty at 330-672-0127 or for more information on the ensemble’s upcoming performances and educational outreach programs.

Posted March 25, 2013

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Kent State Blackstone LaunchPad Presents Innov8athon

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Kent State Blackstone LaunchPad will host Innov8athon, a
24-hour event for Kent State entrepreneurs, freelancers,
programmers and creative students to collaborate on
business ideas.

Kent State University’s Blackstone LaunchPad will host a 24-hour Innov8athon on April 5 and 6 at University Libraries. The 24-hour event is for Kent State entrepreneurs, freelancers, programmers and creative students to collaborate on business ideas and explore/build the idea over 24 hours. The idea is to bring together different skill sets in an entrepreneurial environment to create new and exciting potential business startups. Those business concepts that have the highest potential for growth will be recognized with cash prizes to provide necessary seed-funding for venture startup.

This event is free and open to all Kent State students, faculty, staff and alumni who wish to participate.

Innov8athon is being hosted in partnership with University Libraries and the student organization hacKSU, which educates and builds the foundation for the strong use of contemporary technologies.

For more information or to register for the event, visit

Posted March 25, 2013

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How to Legally Organize Your Startup Business

Should you organize your business as a sole proprietor, LLC or S-corp? How can a partnership agreement help your business? What is the process to file with the state of Ohio?

Join Attorney Chuck R. Schaefer of Cleveland's Walter Haverfield LLP to learn the answers to these questions and more as he reviews the best practices for new business owners registering their startup business.

The event will take place on Tuesday, April 2, at 6 p.m. in Room 306 at the Kent Student Center.

Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is preferred at

The event is sponsored by Walter Haverfield LLP.

For more information about Walter Haverfield LLP, visit

Posted March 25, 2013

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Get Your Dance On at Kent State’s Flash-A-Thon

The first-ever Flash-A-Thon Dance Marathon will be held at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center on Saturday, April 6, at 10 a.m. to raise money for the Showers Family Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Akron Children’s Hospital.

The 12-hour dance marathon, where students and other participants stay on their feet from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., is part of the Children’s Miracle Network and will benefit the Hematology and Oncology unit at the hospital.

The event will begin with an opening ceremony that will feature patients who have been treated at Akron Children’s. Families will be invited to share their stories.

“Families will give testimonials about the challenges they’ve faced as they confronted their illnesses,” says Ann Gosky, senior special assistant in Kent State’s Office of Experiential Education and Civic Engagement and advisor of the Flash-A-Thon program. “The event is a great way to connect our students to the larger community and support efforts to conquer pediatric cancer by providing emotional and financial support to the children, families, researchers and staff of the pediatric oncology department at Akron Children’s Hospital.”ries will motivate the dancers and encourage them to raise money and stand and dance for 12 hours.”

The dance marathon involves different “themed-hours,” beginning with a Disney theme to kick off the event. Additional themes include country, rap, beach and 90s songs. Food, games and musical entertainment from bands and DJs will also be provided to keep participants engaged and having fun.

In addition to the dancing and games, a reflection room will serve as an educational component to the event, where students will be able to learn more about the patients, Akron Children’s Hospital, the Miracle Network and blood cancers.

The Flash-A-Thon is open to individuals and/or teams of any age. There is a $10 registration fee for “dancers” or volunteers that will cover the cost of food at the event and customized T-shirts. Each participant’s fundraising goal is $50, whether they enter as an individual or with a team. There will be awards for the individuals and teams who raise the most money at the dance marathon event.

More than 269 dancers and volunteers are already registered for the event, and more than $5,800 has been raised toward Flash-A-Thon’s end goal of $15,000.

“We’re not only bringing Akron Children’s Hospital and Kent together, but we’re bring the Kent State student life community together,” says Jacqueline Cornell, senior integrated life sciences major and co-president of Flash-A-Thon.

Gosky agrees that dance marathons bring university communities together.

“We’re hoping it becomes a part of Kent State’s culture,” says Gosky.

Dance Marathon is a nationwide movement involving more than 150 colleges and high schools to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network in their communities.

Flash-A-Thon aims to bring together Kent State students and other community members to “dance for the kids who can’t.”

“Dancing brings teams and students together,” Cornell says. “You’re doing this in unison with students all over the country, working to raise money for kids with cancer— something that actually means something to your community.”

Registration is open until the day of the event. To register or learn more about Flash-A-Thon, visit

Posted March 25, 2013

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The College of Public Health Hosts the 71st Human Services Institute

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Barbara Edwards, director of the Disabled
and Elderly Health Programs Group at the
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, will
keynote the Human Services Institute
conference at Kent State on March 25.

The Human Services Institute, Northeast Ohio's longest-running institute focused on health and human services, comes to Kent State University from 10 a.m. to noon on March 25 in the Kent Student Center Kiva auditorium.

The event will be keynoted by Barbara Edwards, director of the Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. Edwards will present on the topic, “Health Reform: Opportunities, Challenges and Uncertainties.”

Edwards is a nationally recognized expert in Medicaid policy, including managed care, cost containment, long-term care, and state and federal health care reform. She served for eight years as the Ohio State Medicaid director and was a principal with Health Management Associates, Inc. (HMA) for four years. At HMA, Edwards focused on Medicaid, national health reform and service delivery for persons with chronic and disabling conditions.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid administers the Medicare, Medicaid and State Children's Health Insurance programs for the federal government. The Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group houses Medicaid coverage and care coordination for the elderly and individuals with disabilities. This includes initiatives to promote community-based care options and to enhance the availability of long-term services and supports. The group manages the Medicaid prescription drug benefit and manufacturer rebates and oversees benefits issues across the Medicaid program.

Ken Slenkovich
, assistant dean of Kent State’s College of Public Health, helped organize the event.

“This is the 71st anniversary for this event put on by the Center for Community Solutions (CCS) in Cleveland,” Slenkovich says. “The CCS is a major community partner of the college. It's the first time they've held this event in Kent. Since we're bringing in a speaker from the federal government that is deeply involved with the health care reform bill, we see it as a way to get some exposure for the College of Public Health and inform the university and external communities about how the bill will impact them.”

Following the keynote address, panel presentations will be made by Marcia Egbert, senior program officer for human services, The George Gund Foundation; Joan Englund, executive director, Mental Health Advocacy Coalition; Joseph Ruby, president and CEO, Area Agency on Aging; and Heather Torok, senior program officer for Healthy People, Urban Health and Well-Being, Saint Luke’s Foundation.

The event is open to faculty, students, staff and community members interested in how health reform will affect them and Northeast Ohio. Attendance is free, but registration is required.

To register for the event, visit

For more information about the Human Services Institute, visit

Posted March 25, 2013

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