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Inside Edition's Rita Cosby to Speak at Kent State on Feb. 7

Emmy Award-winning TV host and bestselling author Rita Cosby will give a free talk on Monday, Feb. 7, at 5:30 p.m. Cosby will speak about her latest book, Quiet Hero: Secrets From My Father's Past, a tribute to her father, who was a World War II resistance fighter and prisoner of war.

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Rita Cosby

Cosby is currently a special correspondent for the CBS television network's syndicated newsmagazine Inside Edition. She will address campus and community members in the FirstEnergy Auditorium in Franklin Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Cosby's talk is presented by the College of Communication and Information and the Office of International Affairs. Her visit to Northeast Ohio is being sponsored by the Ohio Chapter of the Kosciuszko Foundation, a center for Polish culture, and the Friends of Poland, a new student group at Kent State.

Earlier in the day, Cosby will speak to high school students at Kent Roosevelt High School and meet for an afternoon roundtable discussion with broadcast journalism students from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Cosby has hosted several primetime television shows on Fox News Channel and MSNBC, is a recipient of three Emmy Awards, the Jack Anderson Award for investigative excellence, the Matrix Award and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. She also earned Cosmopolitan Magazine's "Fun and Fearless Female" recognition. Her first book, Blonde Ambition, was a New York Times bestseller.

For more information, call 330-672-2950 or e-mail Anne Dudley at

Posted Jan. 31, 2011

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Guest Speaker Comes to Kent State to Speak About Africanization of Israel

Dr. Galia Sabar, chair of the Department of African Studies at Tel Aviv University, is coming to Kent State University on Feb. 3 to speak about challenges facing Israel with the recent influx thousands of Ethiopian Jews. She will also speak about her own life as an Israeli social activist. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

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Galia Sabar
The first event is a lecture at noon in Oscar Ritchie Hall where Sabar, Israel's only female recipient of the Dalai Lama's Unsung Heroes of Compassion Award, will discuss how Israel plans to tackle the integration of about 100,000 Ethiopian Jews.

"This lecture is about exposure - a lot of people are unaware that there are Ethiopian Jews," says Chaya Kessler, director of Jewish Studies at Kent State. "There are also many similar problems that Israel and the United States are facing in terms of migrant workers."

At 4:30 p.m. in the Cohn Jewish Student Center, there will be a Women's Only Mocktail Hour, followed by an Ethiopian dinner at 5:30 p.m., which is free for students and $18 for non-students. At 7 p.m., Sabar will give a final lecture about the life and challenges of living as an Israeli, Jew, mother, scientist and a social activist.

The Jewish Studies Program, the Department of Pan-African Studies and Hillel at Kent State are jointly producing the day with Sabar. To RSVP for the events at the Cohn Jewish Student Center or for more information, contact Ricky Marcus at 330-678-0397 or

By Sara Petersen Posted Jan. 31, 2011

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Basketball and Football Highlights this Week: Varsity "K", Ticket Deals and Signing Day

Basketball fans: don't forget that Hall of Fame Day is fast approaching! During the game on Feb. 5, Kent State will honor the eight inductees who will comprise the 33rd class to join the Varsity "K" Athletics Hall of Fame.

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Basketball action continues in February.

Tickets are still available for February basketball games. Contact the ticket office at 330-672-2244 to purchase yours. As always, go to to keep up with Kent State Golden Flashes news and to find game schedules for all sports.

On Wednesday, Feb. 2, Golden Flashes Football will celebrate National Signing Day with a pair of local events that are free and open to the public. Kent State's Signing Day news conference will take place at 3 p.m. at the Hub in the Kent Student Center. A Signing Day party will follow from 5 -7 p.m. at Water Street Tavern in downtown Kent.

Signing Day marks the beginning of the renewal period for 2011 football season tickets. Anyone buying or renewing season tickets between Feb. 2 and the spring football game April 16 will be entered into a drawing to win a pair of tickets to the Alabama game Sept. 3 in Tuscaloosa (one entry per season ticket purchased). Included in the package are roundtrip airfare and hotel accommodations.

In addition, anyone buying or renewing season tickets between Feb. 2 and July 1 will be eligible to buy the same number of tickets to watch the Flashes play the Crimson Tide.

Kent State's 2011 home schedule includes games with South Alabama, Louisiana-Lafayette, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Miami. Dates and times will be announced in March.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, Feb. 6, former Kent State standout James Harrison will be one of 15 former Mid-American Conference players participating in the Super Bowl. Named a member of the Associated Press 2010 NFL All-Pro Team, Harrison was the 2008 Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year.

A standout on the Flashes defense from 1999-01, Harrison ranks fifth in school history with 15.0 sacks and 42 tackles for loss. The Akron, Ohio, native led Kent State with 106 tackles in 2000 and went on to record 12.0 sacks the next year - the second-best total in school history.

The Flashes have had a player on the winning Super Bowl team in eight of the past 10 seasons. Posted Jan. 31, 2011

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Make Plans to Spend Part of Your Thursdays With Kent Reads, Kent Writes

Kent Reads, Kent Writes is a read-aloud series presented by University Libraries. The Kent Reads, Kent Writes series features engaging and thoughtful Kent State University faculty, administrators, alumni and current students reading aloud from meaningful works of literature, poetry, original creative writings and nonfiction.

The Kent Reads, Kent Writes series is free and open to the public. Join us every Thursday from 3-4 p.m. in the lobby of the Library on the Kent Campus. Light refreshments will be provided.

The current list of speakers is:

Feb. 3: Dean Tim Moore

Feb. 10: Dr. David Odell Scott and Professor Lauren Odell-Scott

Feb. 17: Tony Snyder

Feb. 24: Dean Don Bubenzer

March 3 - TBD

March 10: Dr. Denise Seachrist, author of Snow Hill: In the Shadows of the Ephrata Cloister

March 11: Avery Caswell, author of Luck, A Collection of Facts, Fiction, Incantation and Verse at Kent

March 17: - TBD

March 31: Mark Dawidziak and Paul Bauer, coauthors of Jim Tully: American Writer, Irish Rover, Hollywood Brawler (forthcoming in May 2011)

April 7: Jason Prufer

April 14: Dr. John R. Crawford

April 21 - TBD

April 28: Tom Batiuk, author of Lisa's Story: The Other Shoe

For more information about the series, contact Diane Sperko at . Posted Jan. 31, 2011

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Performing Arts Library Open Mic Event This Friday

The first Performing Arts Library Open Mic Lunch is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 4, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Music and Speech Center on the Kent Campus. Bring your lunch and enjoy the performing arts!

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This is the second series of Open Mic Lunches, which allow individuals and student groups to perform short sets in front of a friendly audience. All formats are welcome, including music,poetry and drama. The program is limited by space to groups no larger than eight, and is unable to accommodate amps that go to 11. An upright piano can be obtained if needed.

The Open Mic Lunch generally occurs on the first Friday of the month from noon to 1 p.m. Remaining dates for the spring semester are March 4, April 1 and May 6. Individuals or groups interested in performing should contact Joe Clark at or call 330-672-1667 for more information and to schedule a slot.

Posted Jan. 31, 2011

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Two Kent State University Group Presentations Featured at the eTech Ohio Conference

Two groups from Kent State are presenting at the eTech Ohio Conference that takes place this week. The conference provides more than 6,500 attendees from colleges and universities across Ohio with the opportunity to network and learn best practices from their peers and to acquire resources to assist them with advancing learning through technology. The three-day conference runs from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2.

The first presentation, "Neighbors 'Moving in Together': Innovative Collaborations in Library Spaces" by Jeanne Smith, director of the Writing Commons; Jeffrey Pellegrino, assistant director of the Faculty Professional Development Center; and Gary Mote, manager of the Student Multimedia Studio in University Libraries, brings together their collaborative experiences and plans for the creation of a collaborative space within Kent State University's
Library at the eTech Ohio Education Technology Conference in Columbus, Ohio, this spring.

Building upon the conference theme, "Learning Through Innovation," Smith, Pellegrino and Mote identified what they see as the next innovation toward improving teaching and learning at Kent State University: surprisingly, not a new technology but creating collaborative spaces where all constituents of the academic community including faculty, students and their support teams can more efficiently and effectively work together.

Their presentation will explore the challenges of innovating across campus from separate locations and will explain evolving plans to co-locate many of our institutional functions. As a first step towards future collaboration, the campus Writing Commons and Student Multimedia Studio are leading an effort to co-locate technology and learning support spaces on campus within the Library. The impetus for presenting at this conference is to share educational theory's application to practical issues of space, resources and money.

The second presentation, "High Tech + High Touch: Integrating Information Literacy Into the First-Year Experience" by University Libraries Jamie Seeholzer, assistant professor; Clare Leibfarth, reference and instruction librarian; and Vanessa Earp, liaison librarian for education, explains a multifaceted approach for integrating multiple learning technologies with small-group, hands-on instruction to teach information literacy skills. University Libraries has successfully used a team-based approach to teaching freshmen through web-based tutorials followed by hands-on computer lab instruction. Classroom response system "clickers" were used to test content comprehension. Attendees will be able to apply what they learn to design and implement effective information literacy instruction in their own institutional environment.

Ken Burhanna, associate professor and head of Instructional Services for University Libraries will lead a panel discussion titled Our Transition Mission: Collaborations for College Success, which featuresBurhanna; Ann Marie Smeraldi, Cleveland State; Deidra Herring, Ohio State University; Jennifer Schwelik, WVIZ-TV; and Louis Mays, Southern State Community College.

The panel of librarians, who work with students transitioning from high school to college, will describe the programs and practices offered at their institutions and offer their insights. The panelists are knowledgeable about AASL and ACRL Information Literacy Competencies; TRAILS, the INFOhio/OhioLINK 12-13 Transition initiative; academic library programs for high schools and high school practices.

Information about the conference and registration information is available at

Posted Jan. 31, 2011

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Two Opportunities to Knit to Help Others Available This Semester

Kent State University students and staff are invited to learn to knit with Hillel this winter.

Sarah James invites you to learn to knit.
The fun and instructional events, playfully termed a "Knits-vah," take place Feb. 1, 15 and 22 at 7 p.m. Join other Kent State knitters to create blankets for Warm Up America. Donated knitted squares will warm resident of Akron's battered women's shelter and other local charities.

In addition, the Women's Center is hosting a brown bag community service project where participants can knit hats and scarves for those serving in the military, international refugees and others in need. That service project will use the Knifty Knitter tool to craft the projects.

The service project knitting sessions will be held Fridays in February, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Women"s Center. Participants are welcome to bring their brown bag lunches. Registration is required by Feb. 1 and can be made by calling 330-672-9230.

To learn to knit the traditional way with Hillel, come to the Cohn Jewish Student Center at 613 E. Summit Street with size 8 needles for one or all of the evening sessions. Needles can also be purchased at the first meeting.

For more information about the Hillel knitting group, go to the Hillel website.

By Sarah James

Posted Jan. 31, 2011

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Finding Efficiency in Good Learning: The Large Class Experience

Fill the seats, fill the minds. Learning why your course is the most important thing to their future is essential for students, even when it is challenging to their world. This series will challenge you to learn about taking your expertise and pairing it with appropriate and supportive tools to keep the emphasis on the learning, not on the managing of a class.

  • How to Dish the DIRT, Kent State University President Lester A. Lefton, Feb. 3, 1:30-3 p.m., Moulton Hall Ballroom
  • Decoding the Disciplines, Spring Learning Institute, Feb. 17-18
  • Moving Across the Continuum: Experiential Education in Large Sections, Tina Kandakai, Office of Experiential Education and Civic Engagement, March 4
  • Team-Based Learning, Paul Koles, M.D., March 16-17 Moulton Hall Ballroom (Co-sponsored by the College of Nursing)
  • Managing the Many, What Technology Has to Offer (Clickers, Blackboard9, Prezi and other tools) March 28

For more information, visit the Faculty Professional Development Center website.

Posted Jan. 31, 2011

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Mailing Workshop Series Presented by Mail Services Available for Spring

Mail Services is again hosting a series of four one-hour seminars about best practices and distribution of mail through the United States Postal Service. Join us to learn and explore the sometimes confusing rules and regulations that Kent State's mail needs to adhere to in order to obtain the best postage rates and delivery times.

Mailing Basics:

Thursday, Feb. 3, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Room 320, Kent Student Center

Learn about:
  • Classes of mail (When to use first class and when to use nonprofit)
  • Delivery standards (How long will delivery take?)
  • Size (At what point do I pay more for larger or heavier pieces?)
  • Design/layout (Where does the permit and address go?)
  • The next postal rate increase (April 17)

Move Update:

Thursday, Feb. 24, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Room 320, Kent Student Center

Learn about:

  • Preferred formats for your mailing list
  • Internal list hygiene and updates
  • NCOA and CASS certification of your list
  • Return mail's role in list hygiene

Using USPS Package Services:

Thursday, March 17, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Room 320, Kent Student Center

Learn about:

  • Proper package addressing and labeling
  • Shipping first class packages
  • Parcel packages
  • Priority
  • Express

Successfully Utilizing the Mail

Thursday, April 7, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Room 320, Kent Student Center

Learn about:

  • Presorted mail
  • Automated mail
  • Business reply mail
  • Tips to help your mail get opened and/or read

The seminars are free, and participants are encouraged to share mailing concerns or problems.

Please RSVP your attendance on the Human Resource website at

For additional information, contact Steve Finley at or 330-672-8703.

We look forward to seeing you at the workshops!

Posted Jan. 31, 2011

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Standing Rock Cultural Arts presents Existential Cartography Art Installation

Standing Rock Cultural Arts invites the community to its latest exhibition Existential Cartography. The exhibit consists of multimedia drawings and video by Akron native Sean M. O'Donnell and runs Feb. 5 through 26 at the North Water Street Gallery, located at 257 N. Water St.

An opening reception will be held Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m - 4 p.m, Mondays through Fridays and Saturdays from 1-5 p.m.

Call 330-673-4970 or go to for more information.

Posted Jan. 31, 2011

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