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Guest of Honor University Artist/Lecture Series Features Activist, Author Raj Patel

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Award-winning author and activist Raj
Patel will speak at the Guest of Honor
University Artist/Lecture Series on
Oct. 22

Award-winning author, activist and academic Raj Patel will speak on Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 306 at the Kent Student Center. This event is free and open to the public.

Patel, author of the acclaimed book Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System, not only identifies the causes behind the worldwide food crisis, but offers sustainable and feasible solutions to deal with them. Patel’s thoughts on food, hunger and globalization have appeared in a number of news sources, including The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times. He has been featured in both Newsweek and Time and has appeared on “The Colbert Report,” the BBC and NPR.

A London native, Patel graduated from Balliol College at Oxford University and the London School of Economics, and he went on to pursue his Ph.D. at Cornell University. Patel is an advisor to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, and he has testified to Congress on the causes of the world food crisis. He is involved in several international organizations, including the Land Research Action Network (LRAN), a network of researchers and social movements committed to the promotion and advancement of the fundamental rights of individuals and communities to land. Among other appointments, he is visiting scholar at University of California, Berkeley’s Center for African Studies and is a fellow at the Institute for Food and Development Policy (Food First). He is currently working on a documentary about the global food system with award-winning director Steve James.

The Guest of Honor University Artist/Lecture Series is funded by the Office of the Provost and coordinated by the Honors College. For additional information, contact the Honors College at 330-672-2312. If special accommodations for accessibility are needed, please notify the Honors College.

Posted Oct. 7, 2013

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National Depression Screening Day is Thursday, Oct. 10

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Members of the Kent State University
community will have the opportunity to
take a free depression screening
test on National Depression Screening
Day, which is Oct. 10, at the Kent Student

Come to National Depression Screening Day on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is being held on the second floor mezzanine of the Kent Student Center and is open to all students, faculty and staff, as well as the larger Kent community.

As part of the free screening, participants have the opportunity to complete a questionnaire, which screens for depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder, and to speak with a clinician in the mental health field to review their results. If necessary, appropriate referrals can be made, and participants may also find information on depression and other mental health issues for themselves or for someone about whom they may be concerned.

Students also can attend the event on Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kent State University at Stark at the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation Counseling Center located on the lower level of the Campus Center. For students who attend the Kent State Salem or East Liverpool campuses, please visit for more information.

A confidential online screening module is also available 24-hours per day throughout the year, and provides individuals with feedback, referrals and resources upon completion. Kent State’s online screening can be found at

National Depression Screening Day is co-sponsored by Kent State’s Psychological Services, Office of Health Promotion, University Health Services and Active Minds @ KSU. In order to promote this important outreach effort and to encourage student participation, food and other giveaways will be available. All are invited to participate.

For more information, contact Psychological Services at 330-672-2487 or either one of the co-coordinators, John Schell, Ph.D., at or Carrie Berta, Psy.D., at

Posted Oct. 7, 2013

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Fall 2013 Learning Institute: How to Build a Better Student

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The Kent State University Faculty Professional
Development Center will hold its Fall 2013 Learning Institute
on Oct. 11 with discussions focused on ways to “Build a
Better Student.”

Kent State University’s Faculty Professional Development Center will host the Fall 2013 Learning Institute on Oct. 11 from 8:30-11 a.m. at the Moulton Hall Ballroom. Registration is required as space is limited. Refreshments will be provided.

John Dunlosky, professor of psychology and director of experimental training, Katherine Rawson, associate professor of psychology, and Christopher Was, associate professor of educational psychology, have examined the effectiveness of specific learning strategies that are commonly used by students. During the event, Dunlosky and Was will discuss this research and examine specific course structures that will allow faculty members to “Build a Better Student” in their classes. Rawson will lead a similar discussion during the spring semester.

To register for the fall institute, visit To watch a brief introductory video on the topic of the fall institute, visit

Posted Oct. 7, 2013

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Fall Film Series Will Explore Oppression and Empowerment of Women

Kent State University’s Women’s Center, in collaboration with the Center for Adult and Veteran Services, the Office of Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services and the Women’s Studies program, presents a Fall Film Series. This film series represents three different perspectives on the oppression and empowerment of women.

The films will be shown as follows:

Girl Rising
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m., Room 214, Ritchie Hall
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m., Studio A, Twin Towers

Invisible War
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m., Kent Student Center Kiva

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m., Kent Student Center Kiva
Tuesday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m., Kent Student Center Kiva

Girl Rising ( tells the story of nine extraordinary girls from nine different countries. It highlights the strength of the human spirit and the importance and value of education in creating the opportunity to change the world.

Invisible War ( is a groundbreaking documentary about the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military.

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide ( is based on a book written by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn regarding the oppression of women and girls in the developing world. The film takes viewers through many different countries where they are introduced to amazing women who share their personal stories of oppression. Additionally, Kristof and Wudunn will speak at Kent State on Nov. 14 as part of the Kent State Presidential Speaker Series.

There will be opportunity for discussion after each film, and also included will be “Within Reach,” which will showcase ways to get involved and make a difference related to the issues brought up in the films. All campus and community members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Posted Oct. 7, 2013

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The Tournées Festival Presents French Films on Campus with Director Mariette Monpierre

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The 2013 Tournées Festival, which
features five French films with English
subtitles, will take place at Kent State
University from Oct. 11-26.

The 2013 Tournées Festival features five French films with English subtitles, one of which includes a live presentation from director and guest speaker Mairette Monpierre. The films will be featured in the Schwartz Center Auditorium from Oct. 11-26. The event, presented by Kent State University’s Department of History and Institute for Applied Linguistics, is free and open to the public. Following each film, the audience is welcome to participate in a discussion.

Mariette Monpierre, the director of Le bonheur d’Elza, is attending the Oct. 26 screening. Following the film, Monpierre will speak about the award-winning film and lead a Q&A session.

The film schedule is as follows:

Bellamy (Inspector Bellamy), Friday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m.
In the great French filmmaker Claude Chabrol’s final film, Gérard Depardieu plays Bellamy, a Parisian celebrity detective. Near retirement, Bellamy now approaches crime-solving as more of a hobby, but number of mysteries —involving an unidentified body in a car wreck, an insurance scam and a treacherous mistress — grab his attention and a visit from his brother brings up a personal unsolved mystery that drives Bellamy to search for answers.

Les femmes du 6ème étage (The Women on the 6th Floor), Saturday, Oct. 12, at 7: 30 p.m.
Set in 1962, The Women on the 6th Floor by Philippe Le Guay centers on the transformation of third-generation stockbroker Jean-Louis, husband of a brittle, insecure woman from the provinces and father of two boarding-school brats. The self-centered businessman starts to discover his altruistic side after the arrival of the new Spanish maid, María, who stirs deep compassion in Jean-Louis, with her stories of working 15 hours a day as a teenager at a tobacco factory back home during Franco’s regime.

Le gamin au vélo (The Kid with a Bike), Friday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m.
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s sublime tale of love and redemption begins with an 11-year-old boy in frantic, desperate motion. Refusing to acknowledge that he’s been abandoned by his father, Cyril escapes the children’s home where he’s been living. As the authorities from the children’s home catch up with him, Cyril, refusing to return, tightly grips a total stranger, a woman named Samantha, who will prove to be the heartbroken boy’s savior.

Le bonheur d'Elza (Elza), Saturday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m.
The wondrous, highly personal directorial debut of Mariette Monpierre is the searing yet inspiring tale of Elza, a talented university graduate who breaks her mother’s heart when, motivated by a desire to seek out her father whom she barely remembers, she decides to leave their Paris apartment to return to her birthplace of Guadeloupe. Posing as a babysitter for her unsuspecting father’s six-year-old granddaughter, she confronts ugly truths about a past she is just beginning to understand.

Les hommes libres (Free Men), Saturday, Oct. 26, at 5 p.m.
A fascinating look at a little-known chapter in the French Resistance during World War II, Ismaël Ferroukhi’s second film highlights the courage of a group of Muslim agents who provided North African Jews with false identification papers and assassinated Vichy informants. Free Men focuses specifically on the political awakening of Younes, an illiterate Algerian immigrant who makes his living selling goods on the black market and in order to avoid prison, he agrees to serve as a spy for the police.

Support for the Tournées Festival is provided by Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Centre National de la Cinématographie et l’Image Animée, Campus France USA, Florence Gould Foundation and Highbrow Entertainment. Support for the speaker is provided by Kent State’s College of Arts and Sciences, Institute for Applied Linguistics and Departments of History, Pan-African Studies, Modern and Classical Language Studies, Psychology and Sociology.

For more information, contact Françoise Massardier-Kenney at or Becky Pulju at

Posted Oct. 7, 2013 | Amanda Lang

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Kent State Hosts First-Ever Kent Comic Arts Festival

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The first-ever Kent Comic Arts Festival
will take place at Kent State University on
Saturday, Oct. 19.

Kent State University will host the first-ever Kent Comic Arts Festival on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will have exhibitors and on-stage programming in the Kent Student Center Kiva, featuring area artists, illustrators, writers and cartoonists, and a special VIP party in the evening.

Kent State graduate, Wayne Harold, ’88, organizer of the event, says while working on a video project with a friend, he thought of the idea to organize a comic festival.

“Kent Comic Arts Fest grew out of my work creating the P. Craig Russell's Guide to Graphic Storytelling DVD series,” says Harold. “Both Craig and I thought that it would be interesting to do a live version of the master class, and from there we decided to expand it to a full-day event with other guest creators and programming.”

Tom Batiuk, ’69, will be there, signing books that the Kent State University Press is releasing.

“They’re bringing out The Complete Funky Winkerbean, so I’m going to be there with volumes one and two,” says Batiuk. “I’ll be signing them, and I’ll be there to talk to people. When I’m not doing that, I’m just going to be enjoying the festival as much as I can.”

Batiuk, who unveiled a Funky Winkerbean mural in The Nest on the second floor of the Kent Student Center last year, says coming back to Kent State is always a nice and pleasant experience.

“Kent State was very good for me because it grounded me and got me started,” says Batiuk. “Educational facets continue to this day because when you do a comic strip, you’re constantly educating yourself, and the roots of that started back at Kent State.”

Exhibitors will be set up on the second floor of the Kent Student Center selling merchandise such as comic books, graphic novels, fine art prints, sketches and more. Many facets of the festival are free and open to the public.

“Anyone on campus can come meet the artists and talk to them, and buy things from the exhibitors,” Harold says. “There’s no charge for that. It’s when you go down to the Kiva, that’s when you’ll need a ticket to get in.”

Admission for the all-day programming is $15 for the public and $10 for current students with a valid Kent State ID.

“Usually with these comic conventions, you go to gigantic hotels and the main thing is all the tables, but the presentations are always in a little side room,” says Harold. “I like the idea of actually being up on a stage with nice lights and sound and making it more of an event.”

Batiuk is especially excited for this festival because he thinks it is fun being a part of festivals that are just starting up.

“For somebody who has grown up reading comic books, these are the little slices of heaven,” says Batiuk. “I enjoy it, and I’m looking forward to the Kent Comic Arts Fest.”

The VIP party will be held at the Zephyr in downtown Kent, which will include food, refreshments and an opportunity to socialize with the guest creators. Tickets for the party include all the standard ticket features, but are limited, cost $75, and are available pre-order only until Oct. 11.

For more information about the festival and how to purchase tickets, visit

Posted Oct. 7, 2013 | Bryan Webb

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Kent State’s Residence Services to Host Presentation Featuring Darlena Jones, Ph.D.

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Darlena Jones, Ph.D., director of education
and program development at EBI MAP-Works,
will present “Moving from Data to Knowledge:
Using Assessments to Improve Student
Success" during a Google+ conversation that
will be streamed live on YouTube.

Kent State University’s Department of Residence Services is hosting a Google+ PowerPoint presentation that will be streamed live on YouTube, featuring Darlena Jones, Ph.D., director of education and program development at EBI MAP-Works, on Oct. 17 from 10-11:30am. The event, titled “Moving from Data to Knowledge: Using Assessments to Improve Student Success,” will take place in Tri-Towers Studio A, and the university community is invited to attend this presentation.

The presentation will expose faculty and staff to the idea of knowledge management and consist of real data to discuss how to use predictive analytics to narrow a wealth of information into actionable knowledge. It will provide practical examples of assessment-in-action.

“Dr. Darlena Jones will provide an in-depth, comprehensive presentation on assessment that will underscore the importance of why assessment is so critical in the higher education community today,” says Charles Holmes-Hope, assistant director for residence education. “This will allow staff and faculty members to learn more about assessing their data, develop the right questions to get the outcomes we so desire to enhance student success.”

Since arriving at EBI MAP-Works, Jones has led the assessment team by developing more than 50 national benchmarking assessments. She also is an accomplished presenter, speaker, leader and educator, and has delivered more than 200 presentations and workshops at international conferences focused on assessment strategies, program improvement and student success.

EBI MAP-Works empowers higher education professionals with the platforms, programs, information and support they need to continuously improve the quality of the college student experience.

The event will be streamed live on Charles Holmes-Hope’s YouTube Channel. Those who are attending are asked to arrive 10 minutes early.

To learn more about EBI MAP-Works, visit For more information about the presentation, contact Holmes-Hope at

Posted Oct. 7, 2013 | Bryan Webb

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Menopause the Musical Comes to Kent State Tuscarawas

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Menopause The Musical®, is coming to
the Performing Arts Center at Kent State
University at Tuscarawas on Oct. 9.

The international hit show, Menopause The Musical®, is coming to the Performing Arts Center at Kent State University at Tuscarawas on Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $33-$48 and can be purchased now at the Performing Arts Center box office, online at or by calling 330-308-6400. The box office is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The show is set in a department store where four women with seemingly nothing in common but a black lace bra meet by chance at a lingerie sale. The all-female cast makes fun of their woeful hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges. A sisterhood is created between these diverse women as they realize that menopause is no longer “The Silent Passage.” It is a stage in every woman’s life that is perfectly normal.

Menopause The Musical® is produced by GFour Productions and is the work of writer Jeanie Linders, director Seth Greenleaf and choreographer Daria Melendez. The laughter-filled 90-minute production includes parodies from the classics of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. It is estimated that nearly 11 million women have attended a performance since the 2001 opening in Orlando, Fla. Inspired by a hot flash and a bottle of wine, writer and producer Linders created the show as a celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived “The Change.”

Menopause The Musical® has entertained audiences across the country in more than 450 U.S. cities, nearly 300 international cities and a total of 15 countries. For more information, visit

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

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