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Spring 2014 Bowman Breakfast to Focus on Local and Global Impact of Kent Businesses

The spring 2014 Bowman Breakfast will take place at Kent State University in the Kent Student Center Ballroom on Tuesday, March 18. Doors open at 7 a.m., breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m., and the program will follow at 8 a.m.

Five speakers will discuss the topic “Kent Businesses … A Local and Global Impact.” The featured speakers are Matthew C. French, vice president and general manager of AMETEK; Albert Green, Ph.D., CEO of Kent Displays Inc.; Robin Kilbride, president and CEO of Smithers-Oasis; David Ruller, city manager for the city of Kent; and Nicholas R. Sucic, vice president and controller for the Davey Tree Expert Company.

The cost to attend is $10 per person, payable by cash or check at the door only. Invoicing is not available for this event. Reservations can be completed online or by contacting Mary Mandalari at 330-672-8664 or no later than Wednesday, March 12. No shows will be billed. If you find you cannot attend, please contact Mandalari to cancel your reservation by March 12.

Kent State is committed to making its programs and activities accessible to those individuals with disabilities. If you or a member of your family will need an interpreter or any other accessibility accommodation to participate in this event, contact the university’s accessibility liaison, Jacqueline Gee, by phone at 330-672-8667, by video phone at 330-931-4441 or via email at

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

Posted Feb. 17, 2014

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Kent State to Premiere "This is Media" Documentary

School of Journalism and Mass Communication, NAMLE and PivotTV partner to raise digital media literacy

Kent State University is one of only 15 universities across the country to receive a grant from the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) to screen Eyes Wide Open: This is Media, a documentary that explores individual roles in the changing media landscape. Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication will host the premiere at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, in the FirstEnergy Auditorium in Room 340 of Franklin Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Produced by Pivot TV, the documentary is a call to awareness about the critical balance between being connected, being responsible and being private.

“This is a must-see and an eye-opening video for everyone, especially millennials engaged with social or traditional media,” says Federico Subervi, Ph.D., professor in Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication and National Association for Media Literacy Education member.

After the screening, Subervi will moderate a panel discussion featuring Chris Quinn, vice president of content for the Northeast Ohio Media Group; Thor Wasbotten, director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication; Karl Idsvoog and Jan Leach, both associate professors in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication; and Kathryn Coduto, Kent State senior electronic media major, who is a former general manager of Kent State’s award-winning TV2.

National Association for Media Literacy Education is organizing a series of screenings and discussions at select universities around the country to engage educators and students in discussions related to the documentary. Pivot TV is a division of Participant Media, which produces films and social awareness campaigns; their releases have included Academy Award-honored films like An Inconvenient Truth, Syriana and The Help.

For more information about Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, visit

Posted Feb. 17, 2014

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Kent State Presents Spanish and Latin American Film Series

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Kent State University’s Institute for Applied Linguistics
presents a Spanish Film Series from Feb. 28 – March 15
at the Schwartz Center Auditorium. The series, which will
feature five films, is free and open to the public.

Kent State University’s Institute for Applied Linguistics, in collaboration with the Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies and the Department of History, will host a Spanish Film Series from Feb. 28 – March 15. This series will feature five films in the Schwartz Center Auditorium, and is free and open to the public.

“It’s an opportunity to experience another language and another culture without leaving Kent,” says Françoise Massardier-Kenney, director of the Institute for Applied Linguistics.

The movies are all subtitled in English, and volunteers will give a short presentation before each film viewing and lead a discussion after. The Spanish Film Series was made possible with the support of the U.S.A. Spain Foundation, Embassy of Spain.

Silencio Roto
(Broken Silence)
Friday, Feb. 28
7:30 p.m.

During the winter of 1944, 21-year-old Lucía returns to the village where she grew up. She meets the handsome Manuel, a young blacksmith who supports the guerrillas hiding in the mountains as they continue to fight against the Franco regime. When Manuel is forced to go underground, Lucía discovers not only the harsh living conditions of the guerrillas but also the silence, terror and fear that hang over the village. Only her love for Manuel allows her to keep hope alive. “An accomplished, rangy and affecting piece from a helmer whose best work has its roots in the rural landscapes of his native Navarre” -- Variety Magazine.

Pan Negre
(Black Bread)
Saturday, March 1

7:30 p.m.

In the harsh years after the Spanish Civil War, Andreu, a child who belongs to the defeated, finds the corpses of a man and his son in the Catalán forest. The authorities want his father to be held responsible for the deaths, but Andreu tries to help his father by finding the identity of the true killers. The film won nine Goya awards (the Spanish version of the Oscars), a rare occurrence.

La Buena Nueva
Friday, March 14

7:30 p.m.

A young priest arrives on his first assignment to a small parish serving a working-class village in the north of Spain in 1936. He is a witness to the military uprising that precipitates the Spanish Civil War and, moved by his faith, he stands up to defend his people. Based on a true story, the film portrays the young priest’s commitment to stand by his parishioners and follows him as he appears before the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church and denounces the crimes being committed on behalf of the Gospel. This film was winner of the Nantes Spanish Film Festival.

Tres dies amb la família
(Three Days With the Family)
Saturday, March 15

2 p.m.

This film won the Goya prize for Best First Film Director. A young woman returns to her family in Spain but encounters severe dysfunction and fracture, in this ensemble drama. Nausicaa Bonin stars as co-ed Lea, whose paternal grandfather dies, prompting her to return from Bordeaux, France, to her childhood home in Catalonia for the funeral. Lea’s parents are separated, but pretend they are not for the sake of appearances. Meanwhile, although Lea’s two brothers, Pere (Ramon Fontsere) and Toni (Francesc Orella) come to the funeral, her sister Virginia (Amalia Sancho) fails to appear. She has just written an autobiographical novel that unearths many of the family’s skeletons, to the dismay of some of her relatives.

Saturday, March 15

7:30 p.m.

In 1988, under international pressure to legitimize his government, Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet allowed a referendum on whether he would be voted in for another eight years in office. This movie dramatises the “No” campaign devised by young advertising executive René Saavedra, played by Gael García Bernal, who decided to refrain from angry political images and instead emphasized an upbeat, almost apolitical vision of happiness. “The best movie ever made about Chilean plebiscites, No thoroughly deserved its Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film” –The New Yorker. This film was a New York Times critics pick.

Posted Feb. 17, 2014 | Kelli Fitzpatrick

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Kent State School of Theatre and Dance Goes to Law School in Legally Blonde

Audiences will love this romantic musical comedy; Legally Blonde is definition of fun

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Pictured, from left to right, are Mackenzie Duan as Elle
Woods, Greg Violand as Professor Callahan and Kyle
as Emmett Forrest in the high-energy production of
Legally Blonde
, running Feb. 21 – March 2 at Kent State.

Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance continues its 2013-2014 season with Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin’s high-energy production of Legally Blonde, running Feb. 21 - March 2 in E. Turner Stump Theatre at the Center for the Performing Arts, 1325 Theatre Drive.

For tickets, call 330-672-ARTS (2787), purchase online at or in person at the Performing Arts Box Office located in the Roe Green Center lobby of the Center for the Performing Arts. The Performing Arts Box Office is open Monday – Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for Kent State alumni, faculty and staff, $12 for seniors (60+), and $8 for non-Kent State students age 18 and under. Tickets are free for full-time, Kent Campus undergraduates. Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets for $10 per person. The box office accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, checks and cash.

Legally Blonde follows California sorority-girl Elle Woods who seems to have the perfect life, until her boyfriend Warner breaks up with her to attend Harvard Law School. Determined to win him back, Elle secures her own admission to Harvard Law School only to find Warner with a new girlfriend and herself the subject of ridicule. With the help of new friends Emmett and Paulette, Elle sets out to defend fitness guru Brooke Wyndham from murder charges and prove herself to the world. Based on the feature film and novel of the same name, Legally Blonde premiered on Broadway in 2007 and received multiple Tony and Drama Desk nominations.

Legally Blonde is directed by Amy Fritsche, assistant professor of acting and musical theatre at Kent State. Tim Welsh serves as the assistant director. The production features costume design by Susan Williams, scenic design by Ben Williams, lighting design by Margaret Peebles and production stage management by Lindsay Mandela.

“I’m lucky to have a great team and a really strong cast who are wonderful to collaborate with,” says Fritsche. “The production has come together really quickly, and everyone attends rehearsals prepared and with strong, creative ideas.”

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World-Renowned Writer, Speaker and Activist Parker J. Palmer to Deliver Lecture on Democracy at Kent State

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Parker J. Palmer, world-renowned author
and activist, will speak as part of the Kent
State University Guest of Honor University
Artist/Lecture Series on Tuesday, Feb. 18,
at 7:30 p.m. in Ritchie Hall.

Parker J. Palmer, world-renowned author, activist and founder of the Center for Courage & Renewal, will speak as part of the Kent State University Guest of Honor University Artist/Lecture Series on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the African Community Theater located in Ritchie Hall.

Palmer is the author of nine books, including best-selling and award-winning titles Let Your Life Speak, The Courage to Teach, A Hidden Wholeness, and Healing the Heart of Democracy.

His lecture will focus on his latest book, Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit, which explores the “five habits of the heart” he names as essential to dealing with the political tensions that exist in modern American life.

Apart from being featured as part of the Guest of Honor University/Artist Lecture Series, Palmer’s lecture will serve as a precursor to the 2014 Symposium on Democracy scheduled for April.

Palmer holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as 11 honorary doctorates, two Distinguished Achievement Awards from the National Educational Press Association, and an Award of Excellence from the Associated Church Press.

In 2011, Parker was named an Utne Reader Visionary for being one of "25 people who are changing your world.” In 2010, he received the William Rainey Harper Award whose previous recipients include Margaret Mead, Elie Wiesel and Paolo Freire. In 1998, Palmer was named one of the 30 “most influential senior leaders” in higher education by the Leadership Project, a national survey of 10,000 educators.

A reception and book signing will follow the lecture. Copies of Palmer’s latest book may be purchased on site.

This event, sponsored by the Office of the Provost, and coordinated by the Honors College, is free and open to the public. For questions about the event or for special accommodations for accessibility, contact the Honors College at 330-672-2312 or

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Kent State’s College of Business Administration to Hold Graduate Programs Information Night

Kent State University’s College of Business Administration will hold a graduate program information night on Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. in Room 306 at the Kent Student Center. The event is free and open to the public. Anyone interested in learning more about a graduate business degree will find the event helpful.

The information night includes opportunities for graduating seniors to meet faculty, alumni and current students who will answer questions and discuss the graduate programs the college has to offer. Information regarding the application process, deadlines, academic requirements and scholarships also will be presented.

Kent State’s internationally accredited, ranked and affordable graduate business programs feature flexible scheduling, innovative curriculums and experienced faculty.

Kent State’s Master of Business Administration programs were recently recognized in the Princeton Review’s The Best 295 Business Schools: 2014 Edition, and was also ranked 12th best globally by CEO Magazine’s 2014 survey.

The College of Business Administration offers four dual-degree programs, which allow students to pursue two master’s degrees simultaneously. The dual-degrees include MBA/Master in Library and Information Science, MBA/Master of Architecture, MBA/M.S. in Nursing, MBA/M.A. in Translation.

The College of Business Administration offers seven graduate programs, including MBA full-time and MBA part-time, Healthcare EMBA, Executive MBA, M.S. in Accounting, M.A. in Economics and Ph.D. in Business Administration.

Graduate program administrators and faculty from the College of Business Administration who will be presenting include:

  • Louise Ditchey, administrative director
  • Felecia Urbanek, graduate coordinator
  • Laurie Walker, director, EMBA program
  • Linda Zucca, Ph.D., chair, Department of Accounting
  • Richard Kent, chair, Department of Economics
  • Pratim Datta, associate professor, Management and Information Systems

For more information or to register, visit

For questions call 330-672-2282 or send an email to

Posted Feb. 17, 2014

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Mothers, Mentors and Muses Fifth Annual Scholarship Fundraiser Reception

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Previous recipients of the Mothers,
Mentors and Muses award pose for a
photo at the Kent Student Center.

On Tuesday, March 11, the Women’s Center at Kent State University will host the fifth annual Mothers, Mentors and Muses Scholarship Fundraiser reception. The event will take place at the Kent Student Center Ballroom from 5-7:30 p.m.

The event honors women as a mother – someone who has helped “birth” new ideas and thoughts in others and also has served as an overall nurturing individual; a mentor – an individual who has been both a role model and a trusted counselor to others; or a muse – an individual who has inspired both creativity and academic enthusiasm in others.

Click here to see the Class of 2014 Honorees.

The Women’s Center, which was established in 1996, has been focused on advancing women in their academic careers. Money raised at the event will fund $500 scholarship awards for two Kent State female students. This scholarship has benefitted 18 students since its introduction in 2003.

Early bird registration ends Friday, Feb. 28. To register, visit

For more information about the Women’s Center at Kent State, visit

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Kent State’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design Presents Speaker Series

Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design will host three speakers during its “Celebrate CAED” speaker series. Elwin C. Robison, Ph.D., professor in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, will lead the first lecture on Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Schwartz Center Auditorium (Room 177).

Robison will speak on the topic "Design, Construction and Conservation of the 1867 Salt Lake Tabernacle." Robison's lecture will detail the conservation efforts surrounding the Mormon Tabernacle as part of his recent book with W. Randall Dixon, Gathering As One: The Architecture of the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City. The presentation is being offered as part of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education System (AIA/CES) for AIA CES-1 LU/HSW through AIA Akron. This is equal to one contact hour for other organizations requiring continuing education.

“Whereas this is not exactly a lecture series, it is a chance for the College of Architecture and Environmental Design to open our experts up to a broader audience that includes colleagues, students, faculty throughout Kent State, professionals and the interested public,” says Bill Willoughby, associate dean of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, who will introduce each speaker.

The series continues on March 5 and April 23.

David Jurca, associate director of Kent State's Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC), will present "COLDscapes 2013: Competition, Exhibit and Book" on March 5. Jurca's lecture will introduce “The Center for Outdoor Living Design” (COLD) that the CUDC launched this year with a competition, book and exhibition.

On April 23, Diane Davis-Sikora, Registered Architect (RA) and associate professor at the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, will present "Structures of Air," a lecture and film screening of her film selected for the 2013 Rotterdam Architecture Film Festival (AFFR).

All lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Willoughby at

For more information about Kent State’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design, visit

Posted Feb. 17, 2014 | Kelli Fitzpatrick

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Kent State to Host National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

To help bring public attention and support to the Kent community, Kent State University is collaborating with the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) to sponsor the National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (NEDAwareness Week) Feb. 23 - March 1.

NEDAwareness Week, which is co-sponsored by the Kent State Body Acceptance Movement, will consist of different activities each day of the week for members of the Kent State community who may be seeking support, advice or information about eating disorders.

“Students can benefit just by being educated,” says Megan Carrasco, president of the Kent State Body Acceptance Movement. “Eating disorders are a mental illness, not a lifestyle choice. It requires help, and sometimes the issue only becomes more real when you experience it firsthand.”

On Monday, Feb. 24, Cleveland’s Terminal Tower will be lit with National Eating Disorders Awareness ’s signature green and blue colors to spotlight the fight against eating disorders.

At Kent State, activities will begin on Feb. 24 with a question and answer panel that will discuss the destructive nature of eating disorders from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Room 316 at the Kent Student Center. On Tuesday, Feb. 25, there will be information tables throughout the second floor of the Kent Student Center from 11 a.m. to noon. On Wednesday, Feb. 26, an event called Love Your Body Yoga will be held at 8 p.m. in the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. Preregistration is required. Scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 27, is a presentation titled “Healthy at Every Size” at 4 p.m. in Room 318 of the Kent Student Center. To wrap up the week, a reflection compilation will take place on the second floor of the Kent Student Center at 11 a.m.

“We will have tables in the Kent Student Center on Monday, Tuesday and Friday to help spread awareness about resources on campus, the misconceptions of eating disorders and to do a Post-Secret event,” says Carrasco. “Not all of us may have an eating disorder or issue with our bodies, but we usually know someone who does.”

For more information about NEDAwarness Week and the Kent State Body Acceptance Movement, visit

Posted Feb. 17, 2014 | Hannah Hamner and Shannen Laur

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Kent State Planetarium Presents The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

The Kent State University Planetarium in the Department of Physics presents The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence on Feb. 20, 21 and 22, at 8 p.m. The hourlong shows will be presented in Room 108 at Smith Hall, and is free and open to the public, but it is not recommended for children under age 6.

The presentation will showcase humanity’s search for intelligent life on other worlds.

“After a tour of the lovely Ohio night sky, we will explore celestial objects that may harbor life millions to trillion miles away,” says Brett Ellman, associate professor and planetarium director. “We will then describe ongoing attempts to communicate with whomever may be listening and the huge, difficult, worldwide effort to find the needle of an intelligent message within the haystack of cosmic radio noise."

Seating capacity is limited; therefore, reservations are recommended and can be done by calling 330-672-2246. Individuals who need special accommodations are requested to call in advance of their desired presentation night to make arrangements.

For more information, visit

Posted Feb. 17, 2014

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Kent State School of Art Metalsmithing Showcase Examines “Digital Hand”

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Pictured is artist Melissa Cameron's
"Fulsome Bloom" pendant, a sandblasted
and heat-colored stainless steel, 925
silver chain.

The School of Art Gallery at Kent State University will present “The Digital Hand,” an exhibit spotlighting the work of metalsmiths who incorporate digital technique in their design and production. Curated by Kathleen Browne, head of the jewelry/metals programs at the School of Art, the show will run through Feb. 28. The School of Art Gallery is located on the second floor of the Art Building at 400 Janik Dr. in Kent. The gallery is free and open to the public.

“The exhibition is a survey of the work of 18 metalsmiths who have integrated digital technologies into their art practice,” says Browne. “These artists’ engagement in digital technologies covers a broad spectrum, from using computer programs solely as a design tool to fabricating works of art using laser cutting and 3D printing.”

The artists whose work appears in “The Digital Hand” are Pam Argentieri, Kristin Beeler, Allyson Bone, Doug Bucci, Melissa Cameron, David Choi, Joshua DeMonte, Arthur Hash, Matthew Hollern, Nicole Jacquard, Amy Klainer, Plural Studios (Courtney Starrett and Michael Gayk), Phil Renato, Rebecca Strzelec, Kim Tatalick, Jess Todd and Linda Threadgill.

For more information, contact Anderson Turner, director of galleries, at or 330-672-1369.

Posted Feb. 17, 2014

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Kent State to Participate in Nationwide Screening of American Economy Film

Kent State University Libraries, the Department of Political Science and the Political Science Club will sponsor a showing on Feb. 20 of the film Inequality for All with a webcast to follow, hosted by Robert Reich, former U.S. secretary of labor and the documentary’s producer.

The film will begin simultaneously at 5 p.m. ET at dozens of universities and colleges across the country. At 6:30 p.m. ET, Reich will open up a discussion with students in a simulcast live from San Francisco State University. The screening and simulcast will be offered free of charge to students and faculty in Room 177 at the Schwartz Center.

Thom Yantek, Kent State associate political science professor, says the film will educate viewers on the widening income gap between social classes and the harsh impact on the American economy.

“Inequality in the United States is a major problem,” says Yantek. “A lot of people don’t know that the United States has the greatest degree of inequality among the modern industrialized democracies.”

He says the film will be beneficial to Kent State students because inequality is projected to be a major issue in the upcoming congressional elections. Yantek also says civic engagement has been a major theme at Kent State for several years, and the film’s content will tune students into that topic.

“I hope the information in the film will be an eye opener to our students, and energize this issue into their day-to-day thinking,” says Yantek. “It could be our students’ generation that will help reverse the inequality trend.”

Christopher Clevenger, senior political science major and president of the Political Science Club, says he is looking forward to participating in open conversation about the current economic situation during the webcast.

“This film will empower students to ask the questions they should be asking, while also offering access to knowledgeable professionals who can help them to better understand how our economy works and how it affects them directly,” says Clevenger.

For more information about the nationwide event, visit

For more information or to purchase the film, visit

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