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Apply for Passport or Passport Card on Kent Campus Oct. 14

Kent State University Mail Services, in conjunction with the United States Postal Service, is hosting a Passport Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 14 at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. This one-day event is for individuals who need to renew an existing passport or make an application for a new passport. No cash or credit cards will be accepted during this special event. Checks or pre-purchased money orders are the only forms or payment accepted.

Fees for passports are as follows:

For those 16 years of age or older:
$110 application fee - check or money order payable to U.S. Department of State
$25 execution fee - check or money order payable to U.S. Postal Service

For those 15 years of age or younger:
$80 application fee - check or money order payable to U.S. Department of State
$25 execution fee - check or money order payable to U.S. Postal Service

Execution fees are waived for passport renewals.

Photo service will be available for an additional fee - check or money order payable to U.S. Postal Service.

The standard processing time for a passport is three to four weeks.

Passport requirements are as follows:

Proof of U.S. Citizenship (one of the following)
Certified birth certificate
Prior passport
Certificate of naturalization

Proof of Identity
Driver's license (cannot be a temporary or learner's permit)
State issued ID card

Previous or current U.S. passport card or passport book
Certificate of Citizenship
Military ID
Federal, state or municipal government employee ID card or pass

Two (2) recent identical color photographs (2"x2")

Renewal passport requirements are as follows:
Most recent U.S. passport book and/or U.S. passport card
A marriage certificate or court order in the event of name change

Two (2) recent identical color photographs (2"x2")

Expedited service for passports is available for $184.96 for adults and $154.96 for minors.

Applications for Passport Cards, which are only valid for land and sea travel, will also be accepted.

Refer to the above information for documentation requirements for a Passport Card.

Fees for Passport Cards are as follows:

Age 16 and over:
$30 application fee
$25 execution fee

15 years or younger:
$15 application fee
$25 execution fee

Additional information and applications are available on the U.S. Department of State website .
Questions regarding the Passport Fair may be directed to Steve Finley at 330-672-8703.

Posted Oct. 11, 2010

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Save the Dates for This Year's Folk Festival

The 44th Kent State Folk Festival celebrates tradition while nurturing the next generation of folk musicians. From Nov. 17-20, Kent will be filled with Brazilian music, headline concerts, Folk Alley 'Round Town tour, free workshops and more. Following are some event highlights:


Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m.
An Evening of Brazilian Music and Dance, featuring:the Moises Borges Trio, Capoeira, Luca Mundaca and Samba Joia

Friday, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m.
Shawn Colvin and Loudon Wainwright III

AT 40 VENUES THROUGHOUT KENTFriday, Nov. 19, from noon 'til past midnight
Folk Alley 'Round Town


Saturday, Nov. 20,
noon to 5 p.m.Free Workshops (Including songwriting, clogging and lessons in fiddle, banjo and guitar)

For additional details, including ticket information, visit By Allison Brooke

Posted Sept. 27, 2010

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College of Architecture and Environmental Design Hosts Sustainability Expert William McDonough

The College of Architecture and Environmental Design will host guest lecturer William McDonough, world- renowned designer and sustainability expert. The lecture will be held in the University Auditorium in Cartwright Hall, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12. It is free and open to the public, and no RSVP is required.

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McDonough and German chemist Dr. Michael Braungart co-authored Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, one of most influential and widely read books of the American sustainability movement that has been translated into 10 languages. Time magazine recognized him in 1999 as a "Hero for the Planet," stating that, "his utopianism is grounded in a unified philosophy that - in demonstrable and practical ways - is changing the design of the world." Time again recognized McDonough and Michael Braungart as "Heroes of the Environment" in October 2007. In 1996, McDonough received the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development.

McDonough is founding partner in William McDonough + Partners, an architecture and community design firm with offices in Charlottesville, Va.; San Francisco and Amsterdam. The firm has designed landmark projects in the U.S. and beyond, such as the 901 Cherry office building for the Gap, Inc. (now home to Google's YouTube) and the NASA Sustainability Base, which is now under construction.

For more information on William McDonough, please visit For additional information about the lecture, contact Sarah Crombie at

Posted Oct. 4, 2010

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Student Accessibility Services Brings disAbility Awareness Month to Kent State in October

October marks the fourth annual disAbility Awareness Month celebration at Kent State University. The word disability is intentionally spelled with a lowercase letter 'd' and a capital letter 'A' to emphasize ability.

Student Accessibility Services, along with numerous co-sponsors, will host events on campus to promote disability awareness. "We're lucky enough to have so many members within the Kent State communitythat you really get a lot of exposure to people with all different types of abilities," Julie Ann DiBiasio, accessibility coordinator for Student Accessibility Services said. "I think disAbility Awareness Month is important to be celebrated at Kent State because of the positive effect it can have on the university community."

Please join Student Accessibility Services in our effort to increase campus awareness about issues related to disabilities. All events are free and open to the public. We look forward to seeing you at this year's events!

Guest Speaker Travis Roy

The university community is invited to hear the inspiring story of Travis Roy, who became a quadriplegic during his first collegiate ice hockey game. He will speak at the Kent Student Center Ballroom Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. Roy will take his audience on his emotional journey and will inspire people to get the most out of life. This event is also free to the public and is sponsored by Kent State University Undergraduate Student Government, Student Athlete Advisory Committee and the Panhellenic Council.

Tech for Success

On Oct. 6, the Tech for Success technology demonstration will take place in the DeWeese Health Center, Room 11, promptly at 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. The free event will feature assistive technologies that can greatly enhance the learning experience by allowing the user to "choose" how information is received.

Dogs on Campus

Every Wednesday in October, Dogs on Campus, a pet therapy program developed by Kent State University Professor of Nursing Kathy Adamle, will allow students to relieve stress by interacting with Adamle's team of certified therapy dogs. This event will take place in the Kent Student Center Lobby from noon-1 p.m. "People don't have to be ill or have been in a disaster to enjoy pet therapy," Adamle says.

Actor Anita Hollander

The final event of disAbility Awareness Month will be a performance by Anita Hollander, an actor who lost her leg to cancer in 1977. Hollander has since gone on to have a successful career in New York and regional theatre. She created and now performs her one- woman show titled Still Standing. The musical is Hollander's survival guide for life's catastrophes and offers her "tools for survival." The free event will take place Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Kiva. It is sponsored by Kent State University Undergraduate Student Government and Active Minds at Kent State University.

By Allison Brookes

Posted Oct. 4, 2010

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Preparations Underway for Grand Opening of the New Roe Green Center

Kent State University's School of Theatre and Dance is preparing for the official grand opening of the new Roe Green Center for the School of Theatre and Dance on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, at 6 p.m. Cost to attend is $25 per person, and the event is open to the public.The evening includes refreshments, tours, demonstrations and a production of Brigadoon at 8 pm.To reserve a space, please call 330-672-2497.
Roe Green Center
The Roe Green Center

Two years in the making, the new center features newly constructed areas, as well as remodeled spaces.The new construction includes the striking new glass lobby entrance for the Music and Speech Building; a 13,000 square-foot black box theatre which seats up to 200 people and will be used for both performance and classroom space.The three new dance studios have sprung wood floors covered with marley dance surface, mirrors, fully-equipped sound systems and pianos for class accompaniment.

Renovated spaces include a lighting laboratory, a props and crafts lab, workshops and classrooms, a recording studio, a costume shop, performance support space and a welding lab. The total project incorporated 73,500 square feet at a cost of $13 million.

The project was initiated in 2005 when local philanthropist, arts patron and alumna Ms. Roe Green toured the School of Theatre and Dance and commented on how the school had outgrown its space.Soon after, the Roe Green Foundation pledged $6.5 million to meet the school's needs."Roe's generosity will greatly benefit each and every one of our students for years to come and for that, we will forever be grateful," says Dr. John R. Crawford, dean of the College of the Arts. Green's is the largest single capital gift in the university's 100-year history. The newly transformed building was designed by Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture, a New York City firm that specializes in the design of theaters for the performing arts.

"Now, theatre and dance can be found under one roof for the first time since the areas merged in 1994, says

Cynthia Stillings, director, School of Theatre and Dance. "We are thrilled to have everyone in the same building and we're excited by the creative possibilities for collaborations by theatre, dance and music students."

"The architects designed a fantastic addition that provides a dynamic transforming of the building," says Michael Bruder, director of design and construction in the Office of the University Architect."The design of the new lobby and black box theatre not only improve the student learning opportunities and patron experience, the architecture reflects the caliber and creativity of the works being prepared and performed by our theatre and dance students and faculty."

The grand opening event will highlight the new spaces and will include tours of the spaces as students perform various theatrical, vocal and dance demonstrations. To order tickets, please call 330-672-2497.These tickets will not be available online.The box office is open on weekdays from noon to 5 pm. For more information, visit
Posted Oct. 4, 2010

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Sy Montgomery, Author of The Good Good Pig to Speak at Kent State University at Tuscarawas

Award-winning author Sy Montgomery will present, Pink Dolphins, Golden Moon Bears and a Good Good Pig: An Author-Explorer's Adventures With Her Animal Teachers when she speaks at Kent State University at Tuscarawas on Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Founders Hall auditorium.

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Sy Montgomery

The event is co-sponsored by the Kent State Tuscarawas Artist/Lecture Series and the One Book, One Community initiative. This Artist/Lecture Series event is free and open to the public with no tickets required. The auditorium doors open at 6:30 p.m. with seating available on a first come, first served basis.

Montgomery's book, The Good Good Pig was this year's selection for the One Book, One Community reading project. According to Montgomery, her inspiration comes from the Buddhists saying, "when the student is ready, the teacher will appear." As an author traveling from the Altai Mountains of Mongolia's Great Gobi to the Amazon rain forest of Brazil and Peru, Montgomery has been guided by teachers with two legs, four legs, eight legs and none (working with 18,000 snakes in a pit in Manitoba for her first children's book). In her presentation, illustrated with vibrant images, she'll introduce the audience to some of them.

Montgomery is a naturalist, author, documentary scriptwriter and radio commentator. She has written 15 books for both adults and children that have garnered many honors. The Good Good Pig is an international bestseller, and her work with man-eating tigers for her book Spell of the Tiger was made into a National Geographic television documentary. Montgomery is also the winner of the 2009 New England Independent Booksellers Association Nonfiction Award, the 2010 Children's Book Guild Nonfiction Award and the Henry Bergh Award for Nonfiction.

One Book, One Community is a community reading and discussion project which seeks to cultivate a culture of reading and conversation in the communities throughout the Tuscarawas Valley. One Book, One Community sponsors include: Kent State Tuscarawas, New Philadelphia Friends of the Library, Dominion East Ohio Gas, Tuscarawas County Literacy Coalition, Pissocra Mathais Realty, Bloom's Printing, Buehler's, The Daily Grind Cafe, The Farm Bureau, Newcomerstown Friends of the Library, Claymont Friends of the Library, Dover Friends of the Library, Gnadenhutten Friends of the Library, Bolivar Friends of the Library, Strasburg Friends of the Library, Sugarcreek Friends of the Library, Tuscarawas Friends of the Library, OSU-Extension Office, The Times Reporter, Tuscarawas Valley Family Farm Market, Tuscarawas County Writers Guild, Tuscarawas County Center for the Arts, Pap Pap Joe's Salsa and Jhips and WTUZ.

For additional information, contact Pam Patacca at 330-308-7473 or .

Posted Oct. 11, 2010

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Meet and Discuss Research Collaborations With GOJO Industries on Oct. 18

On Monday, Oct. 18, the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs will host a Research Partnerships Forum with GOJO Industries: "The Hand Hygiene Gap," from 8:30 - 11 a.m. in Room 306 of the Kent Student Center. This cross-disciplinary discussion is for biosciences/biomedical, behavioral, public policy faculty and GOJO leaders to identify collaborative research areas.

GOJO Industries Inc., founded in Akron in 1946, is the leading global producer and marketer of skin health and hygiene solutions for away-from-home settings. The company's broad portfolio includes hand cleaning, hand-washing, hand sanitizing and skin care formulas under the GOJO, PURELL, and PROVON brand names.

8:30 a.m. - Refreshments
9 a.m. - Presentation by GOJO
10 a.m. - Open discussion
10:30 - 11 a.m. - Wrap-up

Please RSVP by Oct. 15 to Peggy Shaffer-King at 330-672-6503 or

Posted Oct. 11, 2010

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Plan on An Evening With Tony Award-Winning Actress Alice Ripley

Actress, singer and artist Alice Ripley, who received a Tony award in 2009 for her Broadway performance in Next to Normal, will speak at Kent State on Mon., Oct. 18, at 7:30 pm in the Kent Student Center Kiva. The "Behind the Actors' Studio"-style interview is sure to provide audience members with a rare glimpse at the rewards, sacrifices and demands of a Broadway actor's career.

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Alice Ripley
This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required, but general seating is limited and will be issued at the door on a first come, first served basis. A complimentary dessert reception will immediately follow the presentation. Parking in the Visitors Lot is $6 for the evening. For information, call the College of the Arts at 330-672-2760.

Ripley's work includes nearly 20 years as an actress on and off Broadway. Her work in Side Show (1996) as Violet Hilton earned her a cult following of devoted audiences, and she was nominated for a Tony and a Drama Desk Award for her portrayal of a conjoined twin. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Next to Normal (2009) is the piece that won a Tony award for Ripley in the role of Diana Goodman, along with a Helen Hayes award. Ripley has also written a hundred songs and records and performs regularly with her band RIPLEY, and works on canvases with mixed media and experiments with video and photography. She is a Kent State alumna of the School of Theatre and Dance.

Ripley will soon begin a national tour of Next to Normal which is slated to come to Cleveland's PlayhouseSquare in June 2011.

"An Evening With Alice Ripley" is made possible by the Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist Series which brings diverse views to Kent State in the fields of architecture, visual art, music, theatre and dance to share interdisciplinary experiences with students, faculty and the community. The Series was created by Max and Cecile Draime in memory of their dear friend and architect Tom Schroth.

For information, contact the College of the Arts at 330-672-2760. Posted Oct. 11, 2010

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