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Pilliod Lecture Features Larry Pollock on Consumerism Nov. 17

The successful Pilliod Lecture Series continues this Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 5:30 p.m. in University Auditorium in Cartwright Hall, when Lawrence (Larry) Pollock will give his lecture, "Leading Change in a Consumer-Centric World?"

Pollock is Managing Partner of Lucky Stars Partners LLC, a private investment firm focusing on early stage businesses and troubled assets. Pollock has held leadership positions in retail companies including Cole National Corporation, owner of Pearl Vision and Things Remembered, HomePlaces Stores, Zale Corporation and J.B. Robinson Jewelers.

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Lawrence "Larry" Pollock

Pollock also has been involved in ownership of broadcast properties, including Cleveland radio stations WDOK-FM, WWWE-AM, WMJI-FM, WRMR-AM and WBBG-AM. Pollock holds trustee positions with many organizations, including Kent State University, the Cleveland Clinic, Musical Arts Association, which operates the Cleveland Orchestra, and IdeaStream, which operates WVIZ/PBS and WCPN-FM.

The Pilliod Lecture Series has continuously been presented since 1983, bringing distinguished business speakers to Kent State University each academic year. The lectures are made possible by The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company's continuing financial support of the Office of the Goodyear Executive Professor.

The Lecture Series is named in recognition of Charles J. Pilliod, the retired Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. During Pilliod's 42-year tenure at Goodyear, he was instrumental in the 1973 creation of the Goodyear Executive Professorship at Kent State University, in addition to many other educational initiatives. Following his Goodyear career, Pilliod served as the United States Ambassador to Mexico, from 1986 to 1989.

The Pilliod Lecture Series is under the direction of the Goodyear Executive Professor Jeff Moelich. The objective of the lecture series is to address topics of interest and importance to both the academic and business communities. The lectures are free and open to the public and are presented on the campus of Kent State University.

Posted Nov. 15, 2010

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Attend the Kent State Oxfam-American Hunger Banquet, Nov. 19

Kent State University will focus on ending hunger with two days of programming centered around a visit from Robert Egger, founder and president of the DC Central Kitchen. Egger also launched the Campus Kitchens Project, a branch of the DC Central Kitchen, which coordinates recycling and meal programs in university- and high school- based kitchens.

"An Evening with Robert Egger" is set for Thursday, Nov. 18, at 8 p.m. in the Governance Chambers in the Kent Student Center. Egger will discuss how the Kent State community can help make a difference in the fight against hunger.

The KSU Oxfam-America Hunger Banquet will also feature Egger on Friday, Nov. 19, at 11 a.m. in the Moulton Hall Ballroom. The banquet will explore the impact of hunger on global and local communities. Attendees will take part in a light meal and rich discussion about the issues of poverty and Kent State can help.

Egger will sign copies of his book, Begging for Change: The Dollars and Sense of Making Nonprofits Responsive, Efficient and Rewarding For All, after both presentations.

Egger speaks throughout the country and internationally on the subjects of hunger, sustainability, nonprofit political engagement and social enterprise. He was included in the Non-Profit Times list of the "50 Most Powerful and Influential" nonprofit leaders. He was also named as an Oprah Angel, a Washingtonian of the Year, a Point of Light and one of the Ten Most Caring People in America, by the Caring Institute.

The events are sponsored by the Office of Experiential Education and Civic Engagement and the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs.

For additional information, contact Ann Gosky at or 330-672-8004.

By Carrie Drummond

Posted Nov. 15, 2010

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WKSU-FM Presents the 44th Kent State Folk Festival This Week

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From Nov. 17 through 20, Kent returns to its roots culturally and musically when the 44th Kent State Folk Festival presents four days of concerts and workshops in a celebration of traditional and contemporary folk music. The festival begins with an evening of Brazilian music and dance at The Kent Stage on Wednesday, Nov. 17, and finishes up Nov. 20 with favorites Eddie From Ohio with Vienna Teng and The Cave Singers with Secret Sisters and the Dreadlock Dave and John Welton Duo.

More about the artists and complete schedules are posted at

Most main stage concerts will be held at The Kent Stage, 175 E. Main St. in downtown Kent. Tickets can be purchased in person at The Kent Stage, Woodsy's Music and Spin-More Records, by phone at 330- 677-5005 and online at

The festival wraps up on Saturday, Nov. 20, with 34 free community workshops. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Kent State Student Center, workshops bring the world of folk to life as the best regional artists share their skill and knowledge about a variety of musical techniques. Scheduled topics focus on banjo, fiddle, guitar, ukulele, hula, old-time music, bawdy songs, contra dance, clogging, shape note singing and more. At 5 p.m., the Kiva plays host to the annual talent contest.

Festival support is provided by Kent State University, Dominion East Ohio, Cascade Auto Group, Marc's and Kashi, Audio Technica, Seagrams Escape, the city of Kent, PARTA and Great Lakes Brewing Company with media support by Scene.

For additional information, contact Ann VerWiebe at 330-672-9153 or .

Posted Nov. 15, 2010

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November Faculty Club Meeting Nov. 18

Please join the College of Communication and Information and College of Public Health as they host the November Faculty Club on Thurs., Nov. 18, from 5 - 7 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Schwebel Room. Faculty Club is an opportunity for faculty of different disciplines to meet in a non-academic setting on a regular basis to enjoy food, friends and conversation.

For additional information, contact the Office of the Provost at 330-672-2220.

Posted Nov. 15, 2010

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Begin Your Holiday Shopping at the Ten Thousand Villages Fair Nov. 15-19

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The College of Education, Health and Human Services' Gerald H. Read Center for International and Intercultural Education will hold its second annual Ten Thousand Villages fair to help celebrate International Education Week from Nov. 15-19. Hundreds of items, including handmade gifts, jewelry, home decor and artwork from all over the world will be on sale in room 200. White Hall.

Ten Thousand Villages is a non-profit company that strives to improve the livelihood of tens of thousands of disadvantaged artisans in 38 countries. It accomplishes this by establishing a sustainable market for handmade products in North America, and building long-term buying relationships in places where skilled artisan partners lack opportunities for stable income.

Proceeds from the sale will help fund a study abroad scholarship. Last year, Heather Waun received the scholarship and visited Ireland.

"International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide," says Dr. Linda Robertson, director of the Center for International and Intercultural Education."This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of the Gerald H. Read Center's efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment. This also helps to attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences in the United States."

For more information about International Education Week, go to: or contact Rose Onders at .

Posted Nov. 15, 2010

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Catch a Golden Flashes Basketball Game with Breakfast Nov. 16

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Catch the hoops action the morning
of Nov. 16.

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. The contest is the second game of the day in the Eastern Time Zone and one of three involving a Mid-American Conference school.

"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. Adding to the excitement, the Goodyear blimp Spirit of Goodyear will be providing ESPN with aerial coverage of the home opener. 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.

By Intercollegiate Athletics

Posted Nov. 15, 2010

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Healthy Life Screening to Provide Vital Tests at the Kent Student Center Nov. 29

Kent State has partnered with Healthy Life Screening to offer the opportunity to participate in heart and vascular screenings right in the workplace. The screening event will take place Monday, Nov. 29 in the Kent Student Center, Room 204.

Reservations are required, and can be made by calling 1-866-523-5433.

The tests offered are shown to be highly effective in identifying the risk of death from heart disease. The test are ultrasound-based, involve no radiation, no pain and no needles and can all be done in less than 30 minutes.

Kent State University will have no access to individual results; they are sent directly to your home to share with your physician at your discretion.

The package of tests includes an echocardiogram, a carotid artery ultrasound, an abdominal aorta ultrasound, an ankle brachial index and a blood pressure screening.

The cost to employees and spouses is $175 for all five tests. Similar tests may cost more than $2,000 in a hospital.

Posted Nov. 15, 2010

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The Dance of Persons: One Interpretation of American Indian Philosophy to be Presented Nov. 16

Dr. Thomas Norton-Smith will present the fall Department of Philosophy Centennial Lecture, The Dance of the Persons: One Interpretation of American Indian Philosophy on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. in room 306 of the Kent Student Center.

Norton-Smith's presentation draws upon his recent book The Dance of Persons: One Interpretation of American Indian Philosophy published in the prestigious series Living Indigenous Philosophies by SUNY Press. Norton-Smith is professor of philosophy at Kent State University at Stark.

A reception will immediately follow the presentation and copies of The Dance of Persons will be made available for purchase by the Kent State Bookstore.

This event is free and open to the public. For directions and information contact the Department of Philosophy at 330-672-2315 or visit at

Posted Nov. 15, 2010

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The Kent State School of Art Galleries Announces Holiday Sale and Small Works Competition

The Kent State University School of Art will hold its annual Holiday Sale beginning Nov. 24 and continuing until Dec. 24 in the Kent State School of Art Downtown Gallery at 141 East Main Street.

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Another opportunity to start your holiday shopping

During the Holiday Sale, local and regional artists, Kent State faculty, students and alumni will showcase and sell merchandise in the retail space of the gallery. Members of the Kent and university communities can purchase merchandise that will make unique holiday gifts.

In addition to the Holiday Sale, the gallery will be holding its eighth annual Small Works Competition on Dec. 4. The competition is open to regional and local artists, Kent State students, faculty and staff.

A small works piece is 12x12x12 inches. There is no fee to enter the competition and multiple pieces by a single artist are permitted. The deadline to enter pieces into the competition is Nov. 18 by 5 p.m. Prizes will be awarded during an evening reception on Nov. 26.

There will also be an opening reception at the gallery on Friday, Dec. 4, from 5 -7 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.

For further information about the Holiday Sale and Small Works Competition, contact Lesley Sickle, Downtown Gallery coordinator, at 330-676-1549 or visit .

By Aubrey Haskins

Posted Nov. 15, 2010

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Kent State University Jazz Ensembles Prepare for Fall Performance

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The Kent State Jazz Ensemble

The Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University will present the Kent State Student Jazz Ensemble on Monday, Nov. 22, at 8 p.m. The concert will be in the University Auditorium in Cartwright Hall, located at 650 Hilltop Drive. The concert is free and open to the public.

"Anyone who comes to the concert will enjoy a night of entertainment, while at the same time learning some interesting Jazz history," Chas Baker, associate professor of music and director of Jazz Ensemble, says.

Students participating in the Jazz Ensemble as part of a one-credit hour course. Students rehearse for their concerts in and out of the classroom.

"A lot of work goes into making these concerts a success," Baker says. "Along with class rehearsals, students rehearse outside of the classroom as well as with their instrument sections."

Baker has directed the Kent State Jazz Ensemble since 1977. In addition to conducting the Jazz Ensembles at Kent, he also teaches courses in jazz history, jazz improvisation, composing and arranging and MIDI technology. Baker received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music degrees from Kent State and graduated from the U.S. Army/Navy School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia.

For more information, call the concert hotline at 330-672-3609 or visit .

By Aubrey Haskins

Posted Nov. 15, 2010

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