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Department of History Presents International Film Festival

The Kent State University Department of History has paired up with the Global Film Initiative to present the third annual International Film Festival, Global Lens 2010, from Wednesday, Nov. 10 through Saturday, Nov. 20.

The festival features 10 first-run films from around the world. Kent State is the only place that many of them will be shown between New York and Chicago. The shows are free and open to the public.

The festival coincides with International Awareness Week.

Film Schedule

Dioses, Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 3 p.m. in Murphy Auditorium

Vaho, Friday, Nov. 12, at 3 p.m. in Room 302 in McGilvrey Hall

Ordinary People, Saturday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in Schwartz Center Auditorium

My Tehran For Sale, Sunday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. in Schwartz Center Auditorium

Adrift, Monday, Nov. 15, at 6 p.m. in Room 302 in McGilvrey Hall

Night of Truth, Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 3 p.m. in Murphy Auditorium

Leo's Room, Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 3 p.m. in Murphy Auditorium

Ocean of an Old Man, Thursday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m. in Room 302 in McGilvrey Hall

Masquerades, Friday, Nov. 19, at 3 p.m. in Room 302 in McGilvrey Hall

The Shaft, Saturday, Nov. 20, at 4 p.m. in Schwartz Center Auditorium

The film festival will continue at other locations. Kent State University at Stark and Kent State University at Trumbull, the Akron Art Museum and the Lemon Grove in Youngstown will host showings of the selected films.

Kent State Stark will host a screening of Leo's Room, on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. in the library conference room.

For more information about the other showings, go to the website for Kent State Trumbull.

The Global Film Initiative promotes cross-cultural understanding through the medium of cinema. The Initiative has developed four complementary programs to promote both the production of authentic and accessible stories created in the developing world and their distribution throughout the schools and leading cultural institutions of the United States.

For more information, contact Ken Bindas at or 330-672-8910.

By Carrie Drummond

Posted Nov. 8, 2010

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Professional Women of Kent State Seeking Holiday Help for Peace Basket Project

Withthe holiday season quickly approaching, the Professional Women of Kent State University are seeking volunteers to help others in need through the King-Kennedy Center in Ravenna. The King-Kennedy Center was created and partially funded by Kent State students to help meet the needs of the underprivileged in Portage County.

Prior to this event, the group welcomes donations for the following:

  • Santa's Shoppers- Donate items to be used to fill baskets, such as toiletries, personal grooming products, stuffed animals, small toys, books and other children's items, kitchen items and school supplies. For men, donations of cologne, socks, caps, hats, games for teenagers and other young men's items are sought. Shoe boxes wrapped with holiday paper and other items can be taken to the drop off points listed below.
  • As a Holiday Knitter- Professional Women of Kent State is again accepting hand knitted or crocheted scarves and caps for kids.
  • As an Absentee Angel- Donate a $10 Holiday Helper Fee to be used for purchases of shrink wrap, gift bags, ribbons and bow.

The group encourages that the items collected/made be taken directly to a drop-off point from Nov. 29 until noon on Dec. 3.

The drop-off points include:

  • Michael Schwartz Center, Room 123,(Elf Coordinator: Michelle Casto, 330-672-4432)
  • Kent Student Center, Room 250, (Elf Coordinator: Barb Boltz, 330-672-1306)

On Friday, Dec. 3, help is needed to prepare for basket assembly day. Those interested are invited to participate in the project at the King Kennedy Center from noon to 3 p.m.

On Saturday, Dec. 4, there will be two opportunities for volunteers to help assemble gift baskets. The shifts are 9 -11 a.m., and 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. at the King-Kennedy Center. Breakfast and decorating materials will be provided.

To fill out a volunteer form or if you have any questions, contact Boltz at 330-672-1306, or at .

Posted Nov. 8, 2010

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Kent State Selected For ESPN's Third Annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon

Kent State fans will get a little basketball with their breakfast on Nov. 16 as the Golden Flashes take part in ESPN's third annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon. Kent State is scheduled to host Robert Morris at 8 a.m. in a game that will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.

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Watch some basketball as you have
breakfast Nov. 16.
"This game provides a unique opportunity for our strong fan base to come out and support us," says head coach Geno Ford. "Playing at 8 a.m. is obviously an unusual start time, but we are thrilled to be a part of ESPN's 24-hour marathon."

In addition, the game marks the 2010-11 home opener for Kent State, which is celebrating 60 years of basketball in the M.A.C. Center this season. The contest is the second game of the day in the Eastern Time Zone and one of three involving a Mid-American Conference school. Kent State appeared on the ESPN family of networks six times last year alone and has made 16 appearances in the past five seasons.

Coming off a 24-10 season and their third Mid-American Conference title in five years, the Golden Flashes have four returning letter-winners that will mix with the influx of eight newcomers and redshirts this winter. The eight fresh faces to the line-up give Kent State plenty of athleticism and provide the program with more than enough firepower to defend its conference crown, a feat that has not been accomplished by a MAC team in more than 20 years.

Posted Nov. 8, 2010

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Twilight Saga Star Chaske Spencer to Speak on Community Service Nov. 10

The Center for Student Involvement presents Twilight Saga: New Moon Star Chaske Spencer for a speaking engagement titled, Be the Shift: From Poverty to Power . Spencer will speak onNov. 10 at 8 p.m. in the Kent Student Center ballroom.

As a teenager, Spencer had an addiction to alcohol, which led to a cocaine and heroin addiction. After time in a Washington rehab that specialized in treating Native Americans, Spencer chose a new path. After a year of sobriety, he landed the role in the Twilight Saga: New Moon and turned his attention toward giving back to his community through work with United Global Shift. Spencer now dedicates his spare time to speaking about overcoming odds, reducing poverty and creating sustainable communities.

Spencer's speech is free and open to the public and is held in recognition of November as Native American Month. For more information contact the Center for Student Involvement at 330-672-2480 or visit the center's website at or on Facebook at Posted Nov. 8, 2010

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Learn More About The Night of the Broken Glass Nov. 9

The Kent State Jewish Studies Program presents a Lunch and Learn event with Dr. Richard Steigmann-Gall. Steigmann-Gall's topic will be Remembering Kristallnacht, the Night of the Broken Glass.

The speaking engagement takes place Tuesday, Nov. 9, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Wick Poetry Corner, located on the second floor of the library.

Attendees are invited to bring lunch - coffee and dessert will be provided. For additional information, contact the Jewish Studies Program at 330-672-8926.

Posted Nov. 8, 2010

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School of Music and School of Theatre and Dance Collaborate for Opera Scenes

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The Kent State University Opera Workshop will present its fall Opera Scenes production Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Wright-CurtisTheatre at Kent State University. The production will feature seven fully-staged scenes that include Duetto Buffo di Due Gatti, Orfeo ed Euridice, The Mikado, Cosi fan Tutte, Hansel and Gretel, The Pirates of Penzance and Into the Woods.

Seventeen Kent State students comprise the cast. Out of those 17, four are musical theatre majors and the remaining are music majors. Opera Scenes will also feature guest artist Brian Johnson, an operatic baritone and well-known performer in the Kent area.

Kerry Glann, opera director at Kent State, says the students performing in the show are part of a two-credit hour opera course. "Students in the course have to audition to be placed in the course, so this does make the course rather selective," Glann says.

To prepare for the show, students rehearse eight-and-a-half hours during their regular class time as well as extra time outside of the classroom. This production also allows for collaboration with the Kent State School of Theatre and Dance. Students from the Theatre and Dance program supply the show with costumes, lighting and stage props.

Glann is the director of the musical operations for the show and Fenlon Lamb is the stage director. The show is open to the public. Adults are $10, senior citizens and non-Kent State students are $8 and Kent State students are free with a school I.D.

For more information about the School of Music, visit

By Aubrey Haskins

Posted Nov. 8, 2010

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Ally Training Offered on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Issues and Misconceptions

Ally Training is a two-and-half-hour workshop that will focus on challenging your understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) issues and common misconceptions. The workshop will center on advancing the knowledge of the Kent State University community on the lives of people who identify as LGBTQ.

The ultimate goal is to create a group of trained allies to facilitate the transformation of the campus environment to a more welcoming community for all people regardless of sexual identity. This session will include strategies on how to respond to students or colleagues who choose to "come out" and to identify known resources in the area. Faculty and staff will sign contracts of sensitivity and understanding upon completion of this training after developing a personal "Plan of Action" on ways he/she will further commit to supporting LBGTQ.

Register for either the Nov. 17 or Dec. 3 session by going to:

For more information, contact Dr. Geraldine Hayes Nelson at 330-672-8563 or e-mail

Posted Nov. 8, 2010

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New and Noteworthy: Recent Acquisitions to the Collection to Highlight New Fashion Finds

Kent State University Museum's collection of costumes is recognized as one of the finest in the country, and with the new exhibit, "New and Noteworthy: Recent Acquisitions to the Collection," the collection is growing and improving further. The pieces that will be on display in the Alumni Gallery were selected because they are a testament to the diversity and quality of the objects in the museum.

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Part of the New and Noteworthy collection

The new exhibit "New and Noteworthy: Recent Acquisitions to the Collection" opens at the museum on Nov. 19, 2010 and closes on Oct. 9, 2011.

The exhibition of new acquisitions coincides with the observance of Kent State University Museum's 25th anniversary. The pieces on display range from a man's dressing gown and woman's day dress from the 1830s to a space suit from astronaut Carl Walz. The exhibit represents two centuries of clothing styles and includes items as varied as children's clothes, outerwear and military uniforms.

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 at or call 330-672-3450.

By Rebecca Mohr

Posted Nov. 8, 2010

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Journalists to Give Multimedia Presentation on Water Issues in Bangladesh

Two journalists from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting will be in Kent for a film screening and discussion on Monday, Nov. 8, at 7p.m. in the First Energy Auditorium, Room 340, in Franklin Hall.

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A scene from the multimedia event

Emmy Award-winning journalist Stephen Sapienza and Pulitzer Center staff member Peter Sawyer will give a multimedia presentation titled Downstream: Untold Stories on Water, Sanitation and Climate Change -- And Why They Matter. They will talk about the challenges faced by Bangladesh, where water and sewer infrastructure can't keep up with rapid urbanization and population growth and where flooding exacerbated by climate change is already disrupting daily life. In both cases, they will address the innovative solutions being used to solve these problems, such as building floating schools.

For additional information, visit

Posted Nov. 8, 2010

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Learn About Federal Funding Process Through Webinar Opportunity

Federal funding can be confusing. With all the technical terms and rules, it is hard to know what to do about funding requests and what direction federal agencies are moving toward. The Federal Research Priorities for Fiscal Year 2011 webinar gives participants the opportunity to learn about federal funding.

All faculty, staff, postdocs and students are encouraged to attend the Federal Research Priorities and Budgets for FY11 Webinar in Room 317 of the Kent Student Center. The webinar takes place from Nov. 8-10from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to come and go between presenters, and refreshments will be provided.

Participants can hear directly from program personnel at the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Naval Research, Army Medical and Materiel Command, and the Departments of Agriculture, Education and Energy as they share agency direction and funding priorities for the coming year.

For a complete agenda, visit website.

The webinar is sponsored by Kent State University Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

For more information, contact Laura Miller at or 330-672-0703.

Posted Nov. 8, 2010

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