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Kent State’s Fashion School Spring Fashion Show Highlights Cream of the Crop Design Students

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Kent State's School of Fashion Design and Merchandising
will present its annual spring fashion show on Saturday,
April 27. This year's show celebrates the 30th anniversary
of the fashion school.

Kent State University’s Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising will celebrate its 30th anniversary during the 2013 Fashion School Fashion Show, “FS2” on Saturday, April 27, at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the E. Turner Stump Theatre in the Music and Speech Building on 1325 Theatre Drive at the Kent Campus.

Tickets for the 1 p.m. matinee are $40 per person and $65 per person for the 6 p.m. awards show. Tickets are available for purchase by calling the Performing Arts Box Office at 330-672-ARTS (2787) or visiting the box office weekdays 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. or online at The box office accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover, personal check and cash.

Each year, fashion design students at Kent State create their final collections. After critique by industry professionals, the best collections are chosen and shown in the annual spring fashion show produced by the fashion show management and production teams. This year, 25 student designers will have the opportunity to show their collections at the fashion show.

This year's, industry critics include fashion designer Sam Shipley of Shipley & Halmos; Michael Babb of Kohl’s; Erich Biehle, a former textile designer for multiple couture designers; Kent State fashion school alumnus Michael Cunningham, head designer, Joan Vass; and alumna Allison Sires, owner/designer of Thomas Sires. These critics offer advice to the designers along the way to improve on their concepts and designs for the final critique.

During the fashion show, an industry professional is recognized and inducted into the fashion school's Hall of Fame. This year, the fashion school will induct American fashion designer Yeohlee Teng. Teng moved to New York from Malaysia to study fashion at the Parsons School of Design. She has worked primarily in New York City and established her own fashion house, YEOHLEE Inc., in 1981. Teng believes that “clothes have magic.” She dresses the “urban nomad,” a term she coined for her fall 1997 collection, defining a lifestyle that requires clothing that works on a variety of practical and psychological levels. She is a master of design management and believes in the efficiency of year-round, seasonless clothes. Teng’s designs have earned a permanent place in the Costume Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where the late Richard Martin, then chief curator, called her “one of the most ingenious makers of clothing today.” Some designers previously inducted include Dana Buchman, Leonardo Ferragamo, Judith Lieber, Oscar de la Renta and others.

The fashion school at Kent State University was created in 1983 and in 28 years, has grown to become one of the strongest fashion schools in the U.S. recently rated the Fashion School as third in the country and 13th in the world. The Ohio Board of Regents has endorsed the fashion school as a Center of Excellence at Kent State University and in the state of Ohio.

Posted April 1, 2013

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Third Annual Black Squirrel 5k Race Set for April 13

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Participants in last year's Black Squirrel 5k Race run
across the Kent Campus. The race, named after Kent
State's unofficial mascot, will take place April 13.

The third annual Black Squirrel 5k Race, named after Kent State University's unofficial mascot, will take place April 13 at 8 a.m. The race will begin and end across the street from the Student Recreational and Wellness Center. The state-of-the art facility offers room for parking, indoor registration, restrooms and locker room facilities.

The race is a loop course through the Kent Campus and is tracked with a chip timing system. A breakfast buffet and an awards ceremony featuring prizes from local vendors will take place immediately following the race. The race also features a special faculty and staff category for Kent State employees.

Registration is $25 per person now through April 9. Late registration and day-of registration is available for $30 after April 9. The first 600 registered participants will receive a gender-cut performance T-shirt.

Race check-in will take place on Friday, April 12, from 6-9 p.m. in Seminar Room A of the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. Runners may also check-in before the race from 7-7:30 a.m. in the lobby of the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. Due to insurance limitations, headphones, baby joggers, inline skates, animals, etc., are not permitted. Recreational Services reserves the right to refuse any entry.

For more information about the Black Squirrel 5k Race or to register online, visit

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Tree-Planting Event on April 1 Will Celebrate Kent State, Japan Partnership

The Kent State University student group Japanese Cultural Exchange Circle will hold a tree-planting ceremony on Monday, April 1, at 3 p.m. to celebrate the long-standing friendship between Kent State and universities in Japan. The tree planting will take place outside Satterfield Hall on the Kent Campus. In the event of bad weather, the ceremony will move indoors to Room 121 in Satterfield Hall. The event is free and open to members of the public.

The Japanese Cultural Exchange Circle provides friendship and hospitality to Japanese students studying at Kent State by promoting friendship between them and American students who are interested in Japan.

Two cherry blossom trees will be planted during the ceremony, which will be attended by the Japanese consul general and current and past members of Kent State’s administration. Kent State English Professor Yoshinobu Hakutani, Ph.D., and his late wife also will be honored at the event for their role in developing relationships with Kent State’s first partner universities in Japan.

“To us, this tree planting is a symbol of the friendship that has grown between not only students from Kent State and its partner universities, but between the United States and Japan,” says Aaron Morgan, Kent State student and president of the Japanese Cultural Exchange Circle. “Many students from the University of Akron and Mount Union will be attending the event, in addition to students and faculty from Kent State.”

Kent State has nine partner universities in Japan, with the oldest partnership dating back to 1984. The university has hosted hundreds of Japanese students over the years and currently has about 40 students from Japan on campus.

The tree planting is organized in partnership with the Division of Institutional Advancement and University Facilities Management.

For more information about the event, contact Morgan at

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Kent State Athletics Premier Event of the Year

Kent State University Athletics needs your support for its second annual Scholarship Auction on May 3 at the Center Court in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation (MAC) Center. The premier athletics event of the year will be emceed by sports broadcaster Jeff Phelps, '82, and will feature silent and live auctions and entertainment by comedian Mike Polk Jr., '01. Proceeds will benefit student-athlete scholarships.

Kent State Athletics invites you to join in an evening with Kent State student-athletes, coaches and the who's who of Kent State Athletics. The RSVP deadline is April 24.

For more information about the event, including reservations, auction items and opportunities for event sponsorship, visit

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Kent Keyboard Series Closes Season With Performance by Donna Lee on April 7

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Kent State Associate Professor of Music
Donna Lee will perform April 7 to close
the 2012-2013 season of the Kent
Keyboard Series.

The Kent Keyboard Series will close its 2012-2013 season with a performance by Kent State University School of Music faculty member Donna Lee on Sunday, April 7, at 5 p.m. in Ludwig Recital Hall. Ludwig Recital Hall is located in the Music and Speech Center at 1325 Theatre Drive on the Kent Campus.

Lee’s performance will include Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze” from “Cantana 208, BWV 208,” arranged by Egon Petri, Franz Schubert’s “Drei Klavierstücke, D. 946,” Leos Janáček’s “Sonata I.X. 1905,” Jared Miller’s “Two Preludes” and Frédéric Chopin’s “Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60.”

Lee, associate professor of music and coordinator of the Piano Division at Kent State, has appeared as a soloist and collaborative artist at Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall and Terrace Theater in Washington, D.C., and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City. She has also performed in Asia, Europe and throughout the U.S., with recent performances in Wuhan, China; Brno, Czech Republic; and Maui, Hawaii.

Lee earned her doctorate from Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, her master’s degree from The Juilliard School, and her bachelor of music degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she studied with prominent artist-teachers Julian Martin, the late Rudolf Firkusny and Thomas Schumacher, respectively.

During the summer, Lee is co-director of the Piano Institute at Kent State and artist-faculty at Kent/Blossom Music Festival and Brevard Music Center in North Carolina.

This year, the Kent Keyboard Series’ 10th season also marks the celebration of the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music’s recent designation as an All-Steinway School. The Kent Keyboard Series features prominent performers known in the field for their expertise.

Tickets for the performance are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and Kent State faculty and staff, $8 for students with valid ID and those under 18; and free for full-time undergraduate Kent State students. Kent State students can earn 500 FLASHperks points by attending this performance.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 330-672-ARTS (2787), by visiting or by visiting the Performing Arts Box Office. The Performing Arts Box Office is open weekdays noon to 5 p.m., and is located in the lobby of the Roe Green Center in the Music and Speech Center at 1325 Theatre Drive on the Kent Campus. The Performing Arts Box Office accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover, in addition to cash and checks. Tickets are also available day-of-show at the door.

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Register for the Spring 2013 Bowman Breakfast

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Editor of The Record-Courier Roger Di
Paolo will speak on the topic “Beyond
Audacity: Celebrating 21st-Century Kent”
at the spring 2013 Bowman Breakfast on
April 16 at the Kent Student Center

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.

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Kent/Blossom Music Festival Benefit Concert Features the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio and Miami String Quartet

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The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, pictured above,
and the Miami String Quartet will perform April 13 at
7:30 p.m. in Ludwig Recital Hall. The concert benefits the
Kent/Blossom Music Festival Scholarship Program.

The Hugh A. Glauser School of Music will host a performance by the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio and the Miami String Quartet on Saturday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Ludwig Recital Hall. The concert is a benefit for the Kent/Blossom Music Festival Scholarship Program.

Ludwig Recital Hall is located in the Music and Speech Center on 1325 Theatre Drive on the Kent Campus.

The ensembles will perform Mozart’s String Quartet in G major KV 387 Spring, Beethoven’s Trio No. 7 in B-flat major, Op. 97 Archduke and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Septet for Piano Trio and String Quartet written specifically for these two ensembles. Tickets for the benefit concert are $25, and advance ticket reservations are recommended.

The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio has performed together for more than 35 years and is one of the only chamber ensembles with all its original members. Pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson made their debut together for President Carter’s Inauguration in January 1977, and they have since maintained a heavy touring and recording schedule as well as individual internationally-acclaimed solo careers.

Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio appearances have included Carnegie Hall’s Centennial Series, a series with the Guarneri Quartet, the Beethoven cycle on Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Series and several performances of new concertos written for the Trio by David Ott and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.

The Miami String Quartet features Benny Kim and Cathy Meng Robinson on violin, Scott Lee on viola and Keith Robinson on cello. The Miami String Quartet has performed all over the United States and Europe, including recent appearances at the Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and its own concert series in Palm Beach, Fla. The quartet has also held engagements in cities such as Boston, Indianapolis and Los Angeles.

Cathy Meng Robinson and Keith Robinson from the Miami String Quartet are artists-in-residence in the Hugh A.Glauser School of Music at Kent State University. The Miami String Quartet is the quartet-in-residence at the Kent/Blossom Music Festival. The group has also appeared at Music from Angel Fire, Chamber Music Northwest, Mostly Mozart, the Brevard Festival, Rutgers Summerfest, La Jolla, Santa Fe and the Virginia Arts Festival.

The Kent/Blossom Music Festival is an advanced institute for professional music training operated by Kent State in cooperation with The Cleveland Orchestra and Blossom Music Center, presenting public performances by distinguished artist faculty and talented young musicians.

For tickets or more information, call 330-672-2787 (ARTS) or visit

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MFA Thesis Group Show Presents Graduate Student Work in Three Galleries

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Three galleries--the School of Art Gallery, the Sculpture
Gallery and the Painting Gallery--will showcase the work
of six Master of Fine Arts candidates on April 2-5.

Six Master of Fine Arts candidates will display work in the School of Art Gallery, the Sculpture Gallery and the Painting Gallery at Kent State University’s School of Art on April 2-5. The School of Art Gallery is located on the second floor of the Art Building at 400 Janik Drive on the Kent Campus. The Sculpture Gallery is located on the first floor, and the Painting Gallery is located on the third floor.

The galleries will host an opening reception, free and open to the public on Thursday, April 4, from 5-7 p.m.

Joanne Arnett and Lisa Arenstein will display their textiles theses and Derek Gelvin will present his work in sculpture. Lori Gipson will show thesis work in jewelry/metals, Tim Stover will display work in glass and Pam Testa will show her printmaking thesis work.

Arenstein, textiles graduate student and fashion design and merchandising instructor, has titled her exhibition Tubular. Her work involves intricate compositions of brightly colored tubing.

“My thesis is a series of sculptural objects from found materials that exemplify my interest in line and texture,” says Arenstein. “My art is whimsical and colorful, woven from layers of latex tubing and painted metal.”

Students can earn 300 FLASHperks points by attending the reception on April 4.

The School of Art Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Sculpture and Painting Galleries will be open for the reception. For more information, call 330-672-7853 or visit

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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.

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