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Cal Ripken Jr., Baseball's Iron Man, to Speak at Kent State University at Tuscarawas

Cal Ripken Jr., baseball's all-time Iron Man and Hall of Famer, will be the featured speaker at Kent State University at Tuscarawas on Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. in Founders Hall auditorium. Sponsored by the Voices of Distinction Series, Ripken's topic is "The Keys to Perseverance."

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Cal Ripken Jr.

Although admission is free, tickets are required and will be available while supplies last at the main office in Founders Hall beginning Oct. 27.

Ripken retired from baseball in October 2001 after 21 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles. His name appears in the record books repeatedly, most notably as one of only eight players in history to achieve 400 home runs and 3,000 hits. In 1995, Ripken broke Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive games played (2130), and he voluntarily ended his streak in 1998 after playing 2,632 consecutive games. Although he finished his career at third base, he is still best known for redefining the position of shortstop. In 2007, Ripken was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame with the third-highest percentage of votes in history.

Ripken's name has become synonymous with strength, character, endurance and integrity. His philosophy of working hard, playing with passion and enjoying the game has made a tremendous impact on the sport and on fans everywhere. In 1999, Babe Ruth League, Inc. changed the name of its largest division (5-12 year-olds) from Bambino to Cal Ripken Baseball. Presently, more than 700,000 youths play Cal Ripken Baseball worldwide.

Now Ripken is using the platform that baseball has provided him to help grow the game he loves at the grassroots level. This next phase of his life includes the construction of a one-of-a-kind baseball complex in his hometown of Aberdeen, Md. Adjacent to the minor league ballpark is the Ripken Youth Baseball Academy that consists of several youth-sized fields modeled after the famous big league ballpark Camden Yards, which is called Cal Sr.'s Yard, and is owned and operated by the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, complimented by the Ripken Academy's signature fields, which includes Memorial Stadium, Wrigley Field and Fenway Park, among others.

The academy is also the permanent home of the Cal Ripken World Series played each August.

It includes 15 teams of 11 and 12-year-olds from all over the world, and crowns the champion of the Cal Ripken Division of Babe Ruth League, Inc.

A best-selling author, Ripken has five books to his credit.

Ripken has always placed a strong focus on giving back to the community. In 2001, he and his family established the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation in memory of the family's patriarch. The foundation helps teach life lessons through baseball to disadvantaged youth from all over the country, and gives them a life-changing experience.

Most recently, Ripken has been named as a special envoy for the U.S. State Department, promoting teamwork and cross-cultural communication.

Among his many on-field accolades are: American League (AL) Rookie of the Year ('82), two-time AL Most Valuable Player ('83, '91), two-time Gold Glove recipient ('91, '92), two-time All-Star MVP ('91, '01), a world record 2632 consecutive games, and 19 All-Star Game selections. In 2001, Ripken was honored when fans named his 2,131st consecutive game Major League Baseball's "Most Memorable Moment" in history through a program run by Major League Baseball.

Although admission to this event is free, tickets are required and will be available to the public beginning Oct. 27 at the main office in Founders Hall. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. Tickets are limited to two per person.

Posted Oct. 18, 2010

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Lake Erie Monsters Host Salute to the Military

The Kent State Center for Adult and Veteran Services encourages all veterans, active military and family and friends to attend the Lake Erie Monsters Salute to the Military event at Quicken Loans Arena on Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Not only will the game feature the customary night of hockey excitement, but the event serves as a special fundraiser to support wounded warriors.

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Tickets for veterans and active military start at $16 and tickets for friends and family start at $18. Scheduled events include: $1 hot dogs, $1 sodas and a special recognition ceremony with a salute to veterans, color guard featuring multiple military branches and military vehicles on ice. A portion of every ticket will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

The Wounded Warrior Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring and empowering wounded warriors. It strives to create the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded warriors in America's history through its five core values: fun, integrity, loyalty, innovation and service.

"This is an excellent way to support a great cause that provides social outlets to soldiers injured in the service," says Joshua Rider, assistant director of the Center for Adult and Veteran Services.

For more information about Salute to the Military, contact Jessica Naderer at 216-420-2402 or log on to

For more information about the Wounded Warrior Project, visit

By Brittany Macchiarola Posted Oct. 18, 2010

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Actress Anita Hollander to Speak to Close disAbility Awareness Month With Speech

Kent State University has been celebrating disAbility Awareness Month during the month of October and the final event 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 Kent Student Center Kiva. It is sponsored by Kent State University Undergraduate Student Government and Active Minds at Kent State University.

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.

By Allison Brookes
Posted Oct. 18, 2010

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Mark Your Calendar for the October Faculty Club Meeting

You are cordially invited to attend the October 2010 meeting of the Faculty Club, hosted by the College of the Arts. The meeting will take place Thursday, Oct. 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Schwebel Room on the second floor of the Kent Student Center.

For additional information, contact Lashonda Taylor, special assistant in the Office of the Provost, at
Posted Oct. 18, 2010

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Wick Poetry Center Collaborates with Case Western Reserve University for Intergenerational Poetry Reading

An Intergenerational Poetry Reading on peace and war is slated for Tuesday, Oct. 26, in the first floor pavilion at the Dively Building of Case Western Reserve University..The event features area students, seniors and veterans reading original work. The event is part of the week-long International Peace and War Summit hosted by Case Western Reserve University in partnership with the Wick Poetry Center and the National Peace Academy.

For more information regarding the International Peace and War Summit, visit the Case Western Reserve University Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at or call 216-368-2579.

By Erin Dwinnells

Posted Oct. 18, 2010

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Employees and Dependents Can Get Flu Shots Nov. 2 and 3

Flu shots will be available, free of charge, to Kent State employees and their eligible dependents (age six and older) at two flu shot clinics to be held Nov. 2 and 3. The clinics will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day, in the lower level lounge in Eastway.

A flu shot clinic will also be held at Kent State University at Salem on Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Nursing Lab.

Registration is required for the flu shots; sign up is available at If you are enrolled in one of the university-sponsored group health plans through Medical Mutual or Anthem, the cost of the flu shot is fully covered by the plan. If you are not covered by one of the university's group health plans, the cost is $20, payable by cash or check.

More information is available by contacting the Benefits Office at 330-672-3107 or Posted Oct. 18, 2010

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Savanna Vaughn Clark Hat Collection Exhibit Closes Oct. 31

Time is running out to see more than 100 hats at the Kent State University Museum in the I Never Leave the House Without a Hat: The Savanna Vaughn Clark Collection exhibit, which opened in mid-November of 2009. The exhibit closes Sunday, Oct. 31.

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A Savannah Clark prized hat

Savanna Vaughn Clark has been wearing, collecting and enjoying hats all her life. For Clark, hats create a total look and she selects each one to complement a specific outfit. Her stylish habit has transformed itself into a one-of-a-kind fashion exhibit.The hats selected for this exhibition date from the 1950s to the present day.

The Kent State University Museum is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 4:45 p.m. It is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

The Museum is located in Rockwell Hall on the corner of East Main and South Lincoln streets. Special guided tours are available for groups by reservation. Free on-site motor coach parking is available.

For additional information about the Kent State University Museum, visit the website .

By Rebecca Mohr

Posted Oct. 18, 2010

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Final Days for Gallery 6000 at Kent State University at Stark's Women Eclectic Exhibit

Kent State University at Stark reminds art enthusiasts that the Gallery 6000 exhibit entitled WomenEclectic is in its final days. The exhibit, which is open to the public, is displayed in The University Center through Oct. 28. The show features the work of four very accomplished Stark County painters: Kathryn Ackerman, Judi Krew, Ronni Marcinkowey and Sarah Winther Shumaker. Each displayed piece is for sale.

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A sample of the art on exhibit at Gallery 6000.

The curator of Gallery 6000, Tom Wachunas, is an artist and adjunct instructor at Kent State Stark. Gallery 6000 is a collaboration between local artists and Kent State Stark, showcasing art of various media throughout the year.

The evocative and compelling paintings by Ackerman are intricate fields of dream-like images and symbols floating in a matrix of sumptuous color. Krew presents a traditional genre - figures and portraiture - with her fresh and bold pastel works. These masterfully drawn pieces are well-observed renditions, alive with electrifying color and exciting gestural energy.

Electrifying, too, are the acrylic paintings by Marcinkowey. Brilliant color and muscular shapes combine to fashion a delightful world bordering on pure fantasy. The mixed media works by Shumaker are an intriguing union of traditional and non-traditional materials. Whether working with encaustic, or in reverse collage technique, she explores the "happy accidents" that make for enticing textures and forms.

For more information on Gallery 6000 at Kent State Stark, contact Rebecca DeHart at 330-244-3518 or Kent State Stark features additional art exhibits in the campus galleries located in Main Hall's lower level and the Fine Arts Building. Posted Oct. 18, 2010

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Retired Faculty Association Meets This Week

The Retired Faculty Association of Kent State will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 3:30 p.m. in Room 122 of the University Library. There will be refreshments at 3:30 p.m. and the program begins at 4 p.m. Our speaker will be Laing Kennedy, retired director of Intercollegiate Athletics, who will discuss ethics in sports.

Throughout his tenure at Kent State, Kennedy was well known for his dedication to the student-athletes with an emphasis on the 'student' aspect of their college careers. Kennedy is currently teaching a course in sports ethics at Kent State.

For additional information, contact Christine Bhargava, president of the Retired Faculty Association, at

Posted Oct. 18, 2010

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