Recognizing and Responding to Unusual, Disruptive, or Threatening Behavior Training Available
The Department of Public Safety is conducting workshops on Recognizing and Responding to Unusual, Disruptive or Threatening Behavior. This two-hour workshop was originally developed for Kent State faculty by Officer Jeff Futo and Lieutenant Monica Moll in 2008 following the shootings at Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois University. Lt. Moll, a doctoral candidate at Kent State, has tapped her years of experience as a hostage negotiator with the Metro S.W.A.T. Team and member of the Portage County Crisis Intervention Team to help prepare faculty and staff to deal effectively and safely with difficult persons. Lt. Moll and her trained team of Kent State police officers will facilitate the training.
All faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to attend one of the sessions.
Training Dates and Times:
Sept. 21, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m
Sept. 30, 7 - 9 p.m.
Oct. 5, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Oct. 13, 9 - 11 a.m.
Oct. 19, 10 a.m. - noon
Additional dates in November and December are also available.
For additional information contact Dan Fitzpatrick, associate director of public safety, at 330-672-3111 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Language Mediation in the 21st Century: Communities in Collaboration
Student Accessibility Services and the Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies will be sponsoring an educational opportunity for interpreters and translators working with spoken and visual languages.
The workshop will take place from 8:15 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. on Sept. 25 in the Kent Student Center Kiva.
The keynote speech will be presented by Daniel Koo, a professor at Gallaudet University. Koo's presentation is titled, "Mediating Language Visually".
Language is a vehicle which transmits ideas from one person to another through a visual or auditory medium. When circumstances dictate the need to switch between two languages and modalities, cognitive challenges are evident. An international team of scientists, funded by a National Science Foundation grant, are exploring how the brain visually mediates language. This presentation will cover research in the study of visual languages and how they are processed.
For more information about Koo, visit http://psychology.gallaudet.edu/Faculty-Staff/Psychology/Koo_Daniel.html.
Koo's keynote presentation will be free and open to the public. The cost for the entire workshop is $25 and $10 for students if purchased by Sept.10.After Sept.10 or at the door, the cost is $30 and $15 for students.
There will also be an American Sign Language Storytelling Competition from 7 - 9 p.m.
For more information, contact the Office of Student Accessibility Services at 330-672-3391 (voice) or 330-672-8037 (video phone) or via e-mail at email@example.com.
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International Scholar to Address Religious-Community Responses to Domestic Violence
What happens in religious congregations when the subject of domestic violence comes up?
For more than 20 years, Dr. Nancy Nason-Clark, founder and director of The RAVE Project, has been writing and speaking about the "holy hush" that hovers over most religious congregations when it comes to talking about this kind of abuse.
Kent State University's Center for the Study of Information and Religion presents Nason-Clark and "Shattering the Holy Hush: Harnessing Information and Technology to Enable Pastors and Churches to Respond to Domestic Violence in their Communities" on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Kent Student Center, room 317. The program is free and open to the public.
The RAVE Project is an initiative that seeks to bring knowledge and social action together to assist families of faith impacted by abuse. Nason-Clark, professor of sociology at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, is author of The Battered Wife (1997) and co-author with Catherine Clark Kroeger of No Place for Abuse (2001) and Refuge from Abuse (2004). She is co-editor of Feminist Narratives and the Sociology of Religion (with Mary Jo Neitz, 2000) and Understanding Abuse: Partnering for Change (with M.L. Stirling, C.A. Cameron and B. Miedema, 2004). She has published more than 75 articles or chapters on her research and addressed audiences in the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Australia, Asia and the United States. For more information, visit http://www.theraveproject.com/index.php.
The Center for the Study of Information and Religion was created in 2009 in Kent State's School of Library and Information Science to facilitate research on the various institutions and agents of religion and their effect on social knowledge through the use and dissemination of information. Dr. Don A. Wicks, interim director and associate professor, serves as director of the center. Dr. Daniel R. Roland, assistant professor, is the primary researcher. For more information, visit www.csir.slis.kent.edu.
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Volunteers Needed for Home Football Game Concessions; Proceeds Benefit United Way
Volunteers are needed to staff the concession stands at Kent State's home football games. A percent of the proceeds will go to Kent State United Way Special Events.
Last football season, 40 people volunteered and earned $1408.58 for the United Way of Portage County.
Eight to 10 volunteers are needed per game. Volunteers need to arrive an hour and a half to two hours before the game begins and should expect to be there for five to seven hours.
Volunteers are needed at the following games:
- Saturday, Oct. 9, at 3:30 p.m. (Homecoming)
- Saturday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m.
- Saturday, Nov. 6, at 2 p.m.
- Saturday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m.
- Friday, Nov. 26, at 2 p.m.
Those interested in volunteering should contact Barbara Boltz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-672-1306 at least one week prior to the game at which you are interested in volunteering.Posted Sept. 6, 2010
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Comedy Central Star Demetri Martin to Perform at Kent State
Demetri Martin will perform Thursday, Sept. 9, at 8 p.m. in the Kent State University MAC Center as the first performer to visit Kent State University this year.
Martin caught his first break appearing on Comedy Central's stand-up showcase Premium Blend. He was also a staff writer on Late Night With Conan O'Brien, and a correspondent on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.
Martin has also appeared in films like The Rocker and Taking Woodstock, in which he had a starring role. He currently hosts Important Things With Demetri Martin, which combines stand-up and sketch comedy.
Doors for this event will open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m.Tickets for the event are $10 for students and $25 for the general public.Students must purchase tickets at the MAC Center Ticketmaster box office.General public tickets may be purchased at any Ticketmaster outlet or online.
For more information about Martin, visit http://www.demetrimartin.com/.
For more information about the Kent State Undergraduate Student Government Programming board, visit www.usg.kent.edu.
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Practice Yoga at the Women's Center This Fall
Just in time for National Yoga Month, the Women's Center announces two yoga classes for Kent State staff and faculty members this fall.
A class is offered Mondays, from Sept. 13 to Oct. 18 and will take place from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. On Tuesdays, from Sept. 14 through Oct. 19, a lunchtime class will be offered. That class takes place from noon to 1 p.m. Both classes will be held at the Women's Center and the fee for either one is $55.
Mary Lou Holly, who will lead the Monday evening class, has been practicing yoga for more than 20 years, using elements of yoga practice, such as meditation, self awareness, and body awareness in her teaching and professional development work with people of all ages. Holly currently teaches chair yoga to senior citizens at Kent Ridge. Students often describe her approach to yoga as playful. She continues to be influenced by several excellent teachers, most notably Margot Milcetich, Maralena and Michael Curtis.
Tuesday's class will be led by Margot Milcetich, who has has taught meditation since 1973 and Hatha yoga since 1983. She currently holds teacher trainings for yoga teachers at several sites from Cleveland to Canton, and is certified through the Yoga Alliance at the E-500 level.
To sign up for class, contact the Women's Center at 330-672-9230 to set up a time to complete a required health form and to make payment. Registration prior to the start of class will hold your spot.
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The Regina Brett Show to Debut on WKSU-FM Sept. 8
On Wednesday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m., WKSU-FM launches The Regina Brett Show, an hour-long call-in show hosted by columnist and author Regina Brett. The weekly radio show was inspired by Brett's book, God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life's Little Detours, an inspirational collection of essays and stories about life's lessons, based on a popular column she wrote after turning 50. Each show features guests with insights, tips or fresh concepts to help people create a better life for themselves and for others. Programs will revolve around themes of life's transitions and universal issues of home, work, community and finding a personal balance.
Listeners will be invited to call and share their comments and concerns at 888- WKSU897, or through e-mail at Letters@WKSU.org. The program will also have its own page on the WKSU-FM website at WKSU.org.
WKSU-FM General Manager Al Bartholet says, "WKSU-FM is very lucky to have Regina adding her talents to the station. The promise of this new show is exciting. It is a chance to spend an hour every week focusing on the very real challenges we all face daily in our lives. We look forward to beginning a weekly dialogue with listeners."
Brett is a columnist at The Plain Dealer and was twice named a Pulitzer Prize finalist, in 2009 and 2008, for columns she wrote there. Brett has been writing professionally since 1986 and began writing columns in 1994 at The Akron Beacon Journal. She has received numerous national and state writing awards for her newspaper column, which focuses on issues of everyday life. For three years, she hosted a weekly call-in radio show on WCPN-FM.
She has a master's degree in religious studies and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Kent State.
Support for The Regina Brett Show is provided by the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging, serving Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina counties; the Area Agency on Aging 10B, serving Summit, Stark, Portage and Wayne counties; and the Area Agency on Aging 11, serving Ashtabula, Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbia counties.
By Ann VerWiebe
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Aviation Fair Returns For Its 15th Year
The 15th annual Aviation Heritage Fair will be held Sept. 11, from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.The fair is hosted by Kent State University's Aeronautics Division and the Stow-Munroe Falls Kiwanis Club.
The fair begins at 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast hosted by the Stow-Munroe Kiwanis Club.Tickets for the breakfast are $6.
Following the pancake breakfast, Aviation Fair veterans and new visitors alike can take in some of the highlights like airport flyovers, aircraft displays and performances by the Stow-Munroe Falls High School Marching Band.
Event admission and parking are free.Airplane rides are $30 per person, or $75 for three people.Those interested in airplane rides must register upon arrival.Carnival food and beverages will be available for sale throughout the day.
For more information, visit the Aviation Heritage Fair website.
By Katie YoungPosted Sept. 6, 2010
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Black Squirrel Festival Welcomes Students Back to Kent
The 29th annual Black Squirrel Festival will be held Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Manchester Field and the Memorial Gardens.
Students can enjoy live, free entertainment during this daylong event and receive free promotional items from student organizations and local businesses.
While becoming more familiar with the Kent community, students will also have a chance to receive free prizes and give-a-ways, eat festival food and test their skills on a climbing wall. A photo booth and a caricature artist will be available from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Later in the evening the movie, Shrek Forever After, will be screened beginning at 11 p.m. at Manchester Field. In case of rain, the movie will be moved to the Kent Student Center Kiva.
Please encourage students to attend one of Kent State's most beloved events where they can meet friends and celebrate a new school year.
Visit http://www.kent.edu/kscprogramming/black-squirrel-festival-2010.cfm for more information.
By Allison BrookesPosted Sept. 6, 2010
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Bowman Breakfast Spotlights Intercollegiate Athletics
On Thursday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 a.m., Kent State University's fall Bowman Breakfast will feature keynote speaker Joel Nielsen, Kent State's new director of intercollegiate athletics. The breakfast will be held in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. Nielsen's presentation is titled, "Why College Sports Matter".
Doors open at 7 a.m. Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m., and the speech starts at 8 a.m.
The Bowman Breakfast, a tradition since 1963, is sponsored by Kent State and the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce. The breakfast provides students, staff, faculty and members of the community with a forum to address important issues and topics.
Tickets are $9 per person, payable at the door. RSVP at http://www.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0055-0003-84B4F947679A4EADAFC730D06BA560B7 by Sept. 20.
No-shows who register will be billed. To register or cancel an existing reservation, call Mary Mandalari at 330-672-8664, or e-mail her at email@example.com. Posted Sept. 6, 2010
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Make Homecoming Parade Plans Now
The Kent State University Homecoming Committee cordially invites the university community to participate in the Alumni Continental Breakfast and Parade viewing event on Saturday, Oct 9.Alumni Continental Breakfast and Parade Watch
Homecoming is a tradition that draws students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members to the university each year. This year, the Alumni Association will host a continental breakfast and parade watch for our alumni and friends on the lawn of the Williamson Alumni Center at 9 a.m. Please consider joining us, hosting a table and celebrating Homecoming 2010 in style!
For more information or to confirm your participation, contact Brittney Black, assistant director, alumni relations outreach, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-672-8048 by Friday, Sept. 24.
Sign up to be in the Homecoming "Flashback to the Future" Parade
This year's parade theme is Flashback to the Future. Each entrant is responsible for securing their own parade mobility, whether by foot or vehicle. Signs and/or banners are also the responsibility of the entrant. You may bring your own or the university can make signs for you (see entry form for details). Parade entries are welcome to pass out your organization's promotional items and/or candy to the parade spectators, both children and adults.
The parade will step-off at 10 a.m. from the Kent State University campus and will proceed west on Main Street. The parade will conclude at approximately 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of Main Street and Franklin Avenue in downtown Kent.
All entries must be postmarked by Friday, Sept. 17 for consideration of acceptance into the Homecoming Parade. Your entry will be confirmed upon receipt of your registration form. Parade registration, staging and disbanding location, map and additional information will be sent to the entry's contact person by Oct. 2.
If you have specific questions about the parade, please contact the Center for Student Involvement at 330-672-2480.Posted Sept. 6, 2010
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Industry Leaders on the Agenda for Media Ethics Workshop
"Digital Doers" from legacy media, new media and newsgathering organizations in between will dig deep into ethics issues relating to innovation at the annual Poynter Kent State Media Ethics Workshop titled, "Next Ethics?"
This sixth annual conference will feature speakers Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post; Adrian Holovaty, founder and editor of Everyblock.com; Paul Steiger, editor of ProPublica; and Michael Cherenson, immediate past president and CEO of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). Additional guests and panelists will be announced soon.
The Workshop will take place Thursday, Sept. 16, in Franklin Hall, home of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The event will be available to viewers via live stream on the Web and on mobile devices. All participants can contribute to the workshop discussions and ask questions of speakers via Twitter.
The cost of the workshop is $25 for media and public relations professionals, $15 for educators and free for students
To register, visit the event website at: http://jmc.kent.edu/ethicsworkshop/2010.
The Poynter Kent State Media Ethics Workshop is sponsored by the Poynter Institute, the Media Law Center for Ethics and Access, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Akron Area PRSA, Akron Beacon Journal and the Online News Association.Posted Sept. 6, 2010
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