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Kent State Holds Garment Games – Inclusion by Design Competition Featuring Fashion Show and Performances by Skylar Grey

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GRAMMY-nominated artist Skylar Grey,
who co-wrote the biggest-selling single
of 2010 – Eminem’s “Love the Way You
Lie” – will perform at Kent State
University’s Garment Games – Inclusion
by Design on May 7 in the Kent Student
Center Ballroom.

(Photo credit: David Roemer)

As Cleveland and Akron prepare to host athletes in 35 sports for the 2014 Gay Games presented by the Cleveland Foundation this summer, Kent State University senior design students from its celebrated Fashion School will take the competition to the runway on May 7 in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. The university will conduct an on-campus student competition called the Garment Games – Inclusion by Design that will culminate with a Project Runway-style modeling and judging event and musical performances by singer-songwriter Skylar Grey in tribute and celebration of the spirit and purpose of the Gay Games.

Tickets for the Garment Games are available online at Tickets are free for Kent State students and $5 for general admission.

The senior fashion design students have been tasked to design outfits that respond to the values of the event for the two co-chairs of the Gay Games 9 Board of Directors to wear during the opening ceremonies of the Gay Games. A model runway show will be held May 7 starting at 6:30 p.m. to showcase, judge and determine the winning male and female garment designs. Seven teams of two Fashion School students are competing.

In addition to the runway show, the event will be intermixed with messages from Kent State leadership and other individuals about the importance of diversity, inclusion and support of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community, while creating awareness of the Gay Games coming in August. During three breaks, GRAMMY-nominated artist Grey will give musical performances.

“Kent State University’s involvement in the Gay Games is an expression of inclusive excellence in action, bringing communities together regardless of sexual orientation or athletic ability to enjoy competition, food and fun,” says Alfreda Brown, Kent State’s vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion. “As one of many sponsors, Kent State hopes to be a voice in the promotion of human rights while creating a greater sense of community among people of all ages, ethnicities, gender expression or any other difference.”

J.R. Campbell, director of Kent State’s Fashion School, says the design competition offers a tremendous opportunity for the school’s senior designers.

“The opportunity for our students to be so directly involved with an event of such magnitude is priceless,” Campbell says. “For the student designers who win, this could dramatically impact the direction of their design career.”

About Skylar Grey

Grey is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who is responsible for co-writing some of the most memorable songs on the Billboard Hot 100 and iTunes sales charts, totaling more than 25 million singles globally. Included in Forbes magazine’s list of music talent in the 2012 “30 Under 30” issue alongside Adele, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Drake and Bruno Mars, Grey is already a highly regarded singer and songwriter since the release of her single C’Mon Let Me Ride, featuring Eminem, debuted in December 2012 and received more than 4 million views in the first three days.

Grey has made a name for herself having co-written the biggest-selling single of 2010: Eminem’s Love the Way You Lie, which earned her two GRAMMY Award nominations for Best Song and Best Rap Song of the Year. She also co-wrote and appeared on Dr. Dre’s I Need a Doctor, which she performed alongside Dre and Eminem on the 2011 GRAMMY Awards telecast and for which she was nominated for two GRAMMY Awards. In January 2012, Grey released The Buried Sessions of Skylar Grey, which featured special acoustic performances by Grey of three songs she wrote and produced: the original demo of Love the Way Part III (the original Love the Way You Lie made popular by Eminem and Rihanna), Coming Home Part II (originally performed by Diddy-Dirty Money) and Words (originally Words I Never Said, performed by Lupe Fiasco).

About the Judges

The Kent State students competing in the Garment Games will be judged by three professionals in the fashion industry: Erich Biehle, a Swiss textile designer who presently lectures at different universities in the United States and works as a consultant for many renowned fashion brands; R. Scott French, who designs contemporary men’s and women’s sportswear after co-founding and designing the French Jenny lingerie collection, and a faculty member at the Kent State Fashion School’s New York City Studio; and Valerie Mayen, a Cleveland-based designer and artist who owns Yellowcake Shop on Cleveland’s near West Side and was a contestant on Project Runway Season 8. Campbell of Kent State’s Fashion School will serve as the host judge, organizing the judging and awards process.

Additional Information

For more information about Kent State’s Garment Games – Inclusion by Design, contact event co-chairs Kelvin Berry at or 330-672-3673 and Sylvia Dillard Johnson at or 330-672-0454.

For more information about Kent State’s Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, visit

For more information about Kent State’s Fashion School, visit

For more information about the 2014 Gay Games, visit

For more information about Skylar Grey, visit

Posted May 5, 2014

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Therapy Dogs Return for Stress-Free Zone Event

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Students pet a therapy dog at University Libraries'
Stress-Free Zone. The Stress-Free Zone and therapy
dogs return May 5 and 6 on the first floor of the University
Library to help reduce the pressures of finals week and the
end of the semester for students, faculty and staff.

The school year is coming to an end, and finals, along with the stress that comes with them, are quickly approaching.

Kent State University students, faculty and staff can melt their stress away at the Stress-Free Zone event held by University Libraries on May 5 and 6 from 3-5 p.m. Therapy dogs will return to the first floor of the University Library to help reduce the pressures of finals week and offer a study break to students.

Jasmine Jefferson, First-Year Experience librarian, says students thoroughly enjoy the Stress-Free Zone event.

“It really gives students the opportunity to take a break from their studies and relax,” Jefferson says. “They love petting the dogs, the free snacks and the chance to hang out for a little bit before getting back to work.”

Refreshments, such as popcorn and pop, also will be provided. All Kent State students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the event.

In addition, the library is currently open 24 hours a day through Friday, May 9, for finals.

For more information about University Libraries, visit

Posted May 5, 2014 | Morgan Jupina

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Faculty and Staff Invited to Attend Alumni Weekend

Make plans now to attend Alumni Weekend for two full days of fun activities. Hosted by the Kent State University Alumni Association on Friday, June 6, and Saturday, June 7, activities will include a golf outing, campus and downtown tours, canoe or kayak trips down the Cuyahoga River, a rock concert and Alumni College.

This year’s Alumni College is being co-sponsored by the Department of Recreational Services and focuses on health and wellness topics. The event will conclude with an interactive wellness session that features chair massages, fitness assessments, cooking demonstrations and more.

Register to attend by May 23 at

Posted May 5, 2014

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Kent State College of Podiatric Medicine to Introduce New Dean, Honor Longest-Serving President at Glass Slipper Féte

Event benefits Student Scholarship Fund at College of Podiatric Medicine

Kent State University’s College of Podiatric Medicine will introduce its new dean Allan M. Boike, DPM, and pay tribute to Thomas V. Melillo, DPM, the longest-serving president of the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, during its 10th Annual Glass Slipper Féte on Friday, May 16, from 6:30-11 p.m. at the Western Reserve Historical Society. The Glass Slipper Féte benefits the Kent State College of Podiatric Medicine’s Student Scholarship Fund.

Boike, an alumnus of the college and former faculty member, will take over as dean on July 1. He comes to the College of Podiatric Medicine from the Cleveland Clinic. Melillo served as president of the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine (now the Kent State College of Podiatric Medicine) from 1983 to 2012, and then served as CEO of the Kent State College of Podiatric Medicine from 2012 until his death on Oct. 22, 2013. Melillo played a vital role in the merger between the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine and Kent State, and worked diligently to obtain the current campus location in Independence, Ohio.

The event will include catered dinner by A Taste of Excellence; live music provided by the Power House Band, featuring Motown, ’70s, ’80s and Y2K favorites; professional dance demonstrations; a raffle and silent auction featuring furs from Fur Allure; shopping spree packages and spa packages. There also will be an alumni reunion honoring the college’s classes of 1964, 1974 and 1989.

Two new members will be inducted into the College of Podiatric Medicine Hall of Fame Society: Bruce Blank, DPM (class of 1987) and Richard DiBacco, DPM (class of 1967). The Hall of Fame recognizes distinguished alumni who display dedication to the College of Podiatric Medicine and contribute to achievements within the podiatric medical community.

The event is open to the public. All proceeds will benefit the Kent State College of Podiatric Medicine’s Student Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $200 per person and are available by clicking here or by contacting Alyssa Shepherd, advancement services manager, at or 216-916-7547. Sponsorship packages also are available.

The Western Reserve Historical Society is located at 10825 East Blvd. in Cleveland in the University Circle area. Cocktail attire is recommended and valet parking is provided.

For more information about Kent State’s College of Podiatric Medicine, visit

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Special Mother’s Day Concert at Kent State Features Virtuosic Musicians from Cleveland Orchestra, Miami Strings and More

Champagne, chocolate and roses to top off performance

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Kent State University’s Hugh A. Glauser School of Music
will present a special Mother's Day concert on May 11
that will feature its newly formed ensemble in residence
the Verve Chamber Players and Cleveland Orchestra cellist
Tanya Ell.

Kent State University’s Hugh A. Glauser School of Music is proud to present the Verve Chamber Players with Cleveland Orchestra cellist Tanya Ell in a concert on Sunday, May 11, at 5 p.m., in Ludwig Recital Hall. Ludwig Recital Hall is located in the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Drive on the Kent Campus.

This performance is dedicated to mothers on their special day and will include champagne, chocolate and roses following the performance. Audience members will be treated to an afternoon of chamber music masterpieces, including the Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 by Johannes Brahms and the Cello Quintet in C major, Op. 163 by Franz Schubert.

The Verve Chamber Players is the newly formed ensemble in residence at Kent State. Members of the ensemble include Jung-Min Amy Lee, Cleveland Orchestra associate concertmaster, and artist-in-residence and assistant professor of violin at Kent State; violinist Cathy Meng Robinson and cellist Keith Robinson, both members of the Miami String Quartet and artists-in-residence at Kent State; Yu Jin, artist-in-residence and assistant professor of viola at Kent State; and Donna Lee, associate professor of piano at Kent State. Since its formation, these five dynamic performers continue to deliver spirited performances of the chamber music repertoire throughout Northeast Ohio. The Plain Dealer recently wrote, “They played with virtuosity and commitment…”

Joining the Verve Chamber Players will be cellist Tanya Ell. Ell joined the cello section of the Cleveland Orchestra in February 2007. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Juilliard School and a master’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Ell has participated in a number of summer music festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Sarasota Music Festival and Spoleto USA.

Tickets for the performance are $25 per person in advance and $30 per person at the door. To order tickets, contact Pam Hutson at 330-672-8384. Visa, MasterCard and Discover can be used. Checks, made out to the KSU Foundation with “Verve” in the memo, also can be mailed to Pam Hutson at the College of the Arts, P.O. Box 5190, Kent, Ohio 44242.

The Ludwig Recital Hall box office will open one hour prior to the performance for walk-up sales, and will accept cash and checks only. For more information, call 330-672-8384.

Posted May 5, 2014

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Swedish Psychiatrist Harald Blomberg to Speak at Rhythmic Movement Training Symposium

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Kent State University’s College of
Education, Health and Human Services
will host Swedish psychiatrist Harald
Blomberg, M.D., who will share his work,
Rhythmic Movement Training, at a
symposium from July 24-30.

Swedish psychiatrist Harald Blomberg, M.D., will share his work, Rhythmic Movement Training (RMT), at a symposium hosted by Kent State University’s College of Education, Health and Human Services, July 24-30. RMT has been successful in improving emotional functioning, reading and writing, motor difficulties, including Parkinson’s disease, and behaviors associated with ADHD and autism since the 1980s.

Blomberg will hold four sessions, all located in Room 200 in White Hall on the Kent Campus:

Presentation and Reception
Wednesday, July 23
5:30-6:45 p.m.
Free and open to the public.

Rhythmic Movement Training: Level One
Thursday, July 24, and Friday, July 25
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Lecture and experiential learning: 15 hours
Explore natural movement patterns and their role in helping the brain to mature and inhibit/integrate the primitive reflexes. This session focuses on ADHD/ADD, and provides a foundation for other RMT sessions.

Rhythmic Movement Training and Diet in Autism and ADD/ADHD
Saturday, July 26, and Sunday, July 27
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Lecture and experiential learning: 15 hours
Topics discussed by Blomberg will include autism, the alimentary canal and the brain, dietary treatment in autism, RMT in autism and integration of specific primitive reflexes.

Rhythmic Movement Training for OTs, PTs, Chiropractors and Massage Therapists: Level One
Tuesday, July 29, and Wednesday, July 30
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
This session is designed for those working in health and wellness fields.

For more information or to register for one or more sessions by Friday, May 30, contact Lisbeth Justice, Ph.D., at 330-673-5839 or

For more information about RMT, visit

Posted May 5, 2014

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Rare 16th-Century British Travel Account Featured in Library Showcase on May 9

A showcase of rare books from Kent State University’s Special Collections Library titled “The Printed World: European Travel Writing in an Age of Global Encounters (1500-1850)” will take place on Friday, May 9, from 4-6 p.m. in the University Library, Read Special Collections Classroom, Room 1018, on the 10th floor. Snacks and refreshments will be served.

The showcase is curated by undergraduate history majors Paul Boyle, Traci Hoffman, John Potwora and Amy Vartenuk under the direction of Matthew J. Crawford, Ph.D., assistant professor of history, and Cara Gilgenbach, director of the Special Collections Library. The showcase is part of an experiential learning component for an independent study, titled “European Exploration, Expansion and Empire in the Early Modern World.”

Included in the showcase is a one-time exhibit of travel accounts printed in Europe from the 16th century to the early 19th century; these travel accounts include descriptions of explorations and travel in Africa, the Americas, the Middle East, China and Russia. The curators also will provide a series of short presentations on the books in the exhibit and their historical significance.

Highlighted pieces include a late 16th-century compilation of travel accounts edited by Richard Hakluyt (1552-1616), a major proponent of British exploration and colonization of the Americas; late 18th-century accounts of Captain James Cook’s (1728-1779) voyages to the Pacific, including images of Cook’s interactions with native Hawaiians; and an early 19th-century edition of Mungo Park’s (1771-1806) first-hand account of his explorations of the Niger River in Africa.

Posted May 5, 2014

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Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication to Host Third Kent Multimedia Workshop

Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication will host its third Kent Multimedia Workshop — a three-day, hands-on video and photography multimedia storytelling workshop — May 29-31 in Franklin Hall on the Kent Campus.

Media professionals, faculty members, students and others interested in polishing their multimedia skills will work closely with five photography and multimedia educators to learn the skills they need to tell narrative stories using multimedia techniques.

"Our workshop is an outgrowth of the Keystone Multimedia Workshop held each year at Penn State,” says Susan Kirkman Zake, assistant Professor of journalism at Kent State. “We thought it would be great if the Penn State faculty joined us in Kent to teach the same type of workshop in Ohio."

Zake and her husband, Bruce, an adjunct photojournalism instructor, have traveled to State College, Pennsylvania, the past five years to teach the Keystone sessions.

They will be joined in Ohio by Pennsylvania State University senior lecturers Curt Chandler, John Beale and Will Yurman, all award-winning journalists before beginning work at Penn State.

Participants may use Kent State’s equipment on a first-come, first-served basis. Supplies are limited, so attendees are encouraged to bring their own gear. Franklin Hall labs are equipped with Macintosh computers running the Adobe CS6 suite and Final Cut Pro from Apple.

The workshop has financial support of The Plain Dealer, the Ohio News Photographers Association and the Akron Beacon Journal. Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication will provide facility and lab support.

For more information and to register, visit

Registration will close May 21 unless other arrangements are made in advance.

Posted May 5, 2014

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