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Tree Campus USA Ceremony Comes to Kent Campus April 28

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Tree planting is often a group effort.

A ceremony to celebrate Kent State's designation as a Tree Campus USA for the third consecutive year will take place on April 28 at 2 p.m. in front on Engleman Hall.

The award, which is given by the Arbor Day Foundation, will be presented to Vice President for Administration Gregg Floyd. Following the presentation, residents of Engleman Hall will plant a tree to commemorate the occasion. Engleman Hall was the winner of Kent State's 2011 Recyclemania competition.

"I am excited for our third Tree Campus USA award," says Heather White, manager of campus environment and operations at Kent State. "This award is recognition for all the work the men and women of the grounds department put in, caring for our existing trees and planting new trees for future generations. We have tremendous partners and support throughout campus departments to continue greening campus."

Kent State met the required five core standards of tree care and community engagement in order to receive Tree Campus USA status. Those standards are establishing a campus tree advisory committee; evidence of a campus tree-care plan; verification of dedicated annual expenditures on the campus tree-care plan; involvement in an Arbor Day observance; and the institution of a service-learning project aimed at engaging the student body.

Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation, honors colleges and universities and the leaders of the campus and surrounding communities for promoting healthy urban forest management and engaging the campus community in environmental stewardship. During the first year of the program, Kent State was one of 29 schools to receive the initial designation.

For more information about the Tree Campus USA program, visit or

Posted April 25, 2011

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Gospel Choir's Annual Concert is This Week

The Kent State University Gospel Choir is “Celebrating Diversity”at its upcoming concert, which takes the stage on Wednesday, April 27 at 7:30-9 p.m. in Cartwright Hall. The concert showcases its many talented members in a wide range of gospel songs, each one celebrating the wonders of God.

The Spring 2011 concert has a full repertoire of pieces that range from upbeat tempos such as “Souled Out” with words and music by Estee Bullock and Nate McNair, to slow, moving songs like “Psalm 8” with words and music by the popular Richard Smallwood. Just as the choir members display diversity, the selections reflect this same diversity. “Hosanna, We Sing” by Robert Sterling and “Unconditional” by Kirk Franklin both have a Latin feel to them. Also, the Kent State University Gospel Choir Step Team, choreography by senior JaRel Clay will perform routines to some of the pieces.

The Gospel Choir, created in 1996 by current director Linda B. Walker, Ph.D., is one of the most diverse groups on campus with members differing in age, race, gender, major, socioeconomic status and cultural background. Because Walker teaches all music by rote, all students regardless of previous choral or musical experience are invited without audition to participate in the regionally, nationally and internationally recognized ensemble.

The choir sings songs from the gospel, in other words, “good news” from the Bible. However, all students are invited to participate regardless of their religious beliefs in this welcoming environment. Participants in the choir truly enjoy learning musical techniques and singing a genre of music with a very rich history. Students often find their niche in the choir and remain in the ensemble for all of their years at Kent State.

This concert is surely not one to miss! For further information, contact Julianne Janosko at or Walker at 330-672-2431.

By Julianne Janosko

Posted April 25, 2011

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Flash Fest Concert Features Grammy Winner Bruno Mars, April 28

The Kent State University Undergraduate Student Government Programming Board presents Flash Fest, the annual springtime concert, on Thursday, April 28. Local bands will kick off the free event in Manchester Field at 3 p.m. and will perform through 6:30 p.m. Games, activities and food will be offered.

Grammy winner Bruno Mars, We the Kings, Plan B and Another Kind of Buffalo will then take the stage in the MAC Center at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Student tickets for the MAC Center concert are $5, (only at the MAC Center one ticket per student ID) and general admission tickets are $25.

For more information, visit!/event.php?eid=214389225241331.

By Katie Young

Posted April 25, 2011

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Katharine Hepburn’s Influence on Fashion to be the Topic at Museum Discussion, Movie Screening

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Katharine Hepburn (pictured,left)

On April 28, after the 6 p.m. screening of the Tracy-Hepburn comedy Pat and Mike,Kent State University Museum Director Jean Druesedow will hold a public conversation with noted dress historian Patricia Campbell Warner, Ph.D., on Katharine Hepburn's influence on women, fashion, sports and popular culture.. Warner holds the title of Professor Emerita, University of Massachusetts Amherst and is a Fellow of the Costume Society of America.

The screening and post-film conversation is part of the programming supporting the museum's exhibit Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen, running through Sept. 4. The program is presented with support from Kent State University's Women's Studies Program, College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

As a dress historian, Warner specializes in women and sports, and movie history as it affects American fashion. Her influential book, When the Girls Came Out to Play: The Birth of American Sportswear, describes the evolution of American women's clothing from the 19th to the mid-20th century and how the history of modern sportswear as a universal style broke down traditional gender roles, especially after World War II.

Apart from being an entertaining comedy, Pat and Mike is arguably the first major Hollywood movie to present female professional athletics as a career choice. Much of the movie was filmed on location around Los Angeles, with many golfing scenes taking place at the Riviera Country Club. The flattering, comfortable outfits designed by Orry-Kelly, Hepburn's obvious prowess as an accomplished golfer and tennis player, and cameo appearances by female sports legends Babe Zaharias, Betty Hicks, Helen Dettweiler, Gussie Moran and Alice Marble all add to the movie's authenticity.

Hepburn considered Pat and Mike her favorite Tracy-Hepburn film partly because it reflected so much of her personal style, unique personality, considerable athletic abilities and sporty taste.

The April 28 film will be shown in Murphy Auditorium on the museum's second floor at 3 p.m. in addition to the 6 p.m. screening and post-film discussion. Both screenings and the post-6 p.m. discussion are free with admission to the museum. The museum is in Rockwell Hall. For more details, call 330-672-3450 or go to Posted April 25, 2011

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Kent State Presents 12th Annual Symposium on Democracy

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Kent State University presents the 12th Annual Symposium on Democracy. Held in commemoration of the events of May 4, 1970, the symposium takes place April 28-29 in Ritchie Hall and is sponsored by the university's Department of History, Department of Pan-African Studies and Women's Studies Program, with funding from the Office of the President and the College of Arts and Sciences. The Symposium on Democracy is free and open to the public.

This year's Symposium on Democracy is titled Democracy and Violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The conference brings national and international experts to Kent State to examine the critical issues of war-related sexual violence, the representation of women, extractive industries and existing and potential democratic grassroots efforts in the conflict zones.

The symposium features conference panels, workshops and speakers. The keynote speaker is René Lemarchand, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Florida. Lemarchand is an expert on the genocides and ethnic conflicts in Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He has authored numerous books and articles. His most recent book is The Dynamics of Violence in Central Africa (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008). Lemarchand's keynote address is April 28 at 5 p.m. in Room 214 of Ritchie Hall.

In addition to the symposium, two related events are:

  • Photo exhibit by Aubrey Graham – April 1-29Beyond the 'Victim': Images of the Daily Lives of Women 'Victims' of Sexual Violence in the Eastern DRC can be viewed in the Ritchie Hall Gallery. Graham is a photojournalist and Ph.D. student in anthropology at Emory University. She researches the politics of interactions between humanitarians, journalists and the local conflict-affected population in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Her photo exhibition challenges the passive stereotype of women who have experienced sexual violence.
  • The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo film screening – April 25 at 7 p.m. – Room 214, Ritchie Hall – The film will be followed by discussion with Kent State's Women's Studies ProgramDirector Suzanne Holt.
For more information on the 2011 Symposium on Democracy, including a schedule of events, visit Posted April 25, 2011

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Kent State Stark Concert Band Celebrates its 25th Anniversary

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Patricia Grutzmacher

The Kent State University at Stark Department of Music will present a concert to celebrate the silver anniversary of the Kent State Stark Concert Band on Tuesday, April 26, at 8 p.m. in the Kent State Stark Fine Arts Theatre.

The concert is free and open to the public; however, tickets are required and may be obtained by calling the Kent State Stark Theatre Box Office at 330-244-3348, Monday through Friday, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Founded in 1986 by current conductor, Patricia Grutzmacher, Ph.D., the award-winning ensemble is comprised of talented high school students, Kent State Stark faculty and students, as well as those from neighboring colleges and community members. This special event will include selections that were performed at their premiere concert 25 years ago, as well as an original piece, "The Legacy," composed for the concert band by Robert Feldbush, to commemorate this milestone occasion. The program of traditional marches and American band music will include additional selections by composers Aaron Copland, W.C. Handy, John Stafford Smith and more.

For her superior leadership as the Kent State Stark Concert Band's longtime conductor, Grutzmacher, an associate professor and coordinator of music education at Kent State University, was named as a Sudler Silver Scroll Laureate by the John Philip Sousa Foundation. The accomplished ensemble has earned many awards, including the International Sudler Silver Scroll Award of Excellence for Community Concert Bands, and they have performed throughout the state at notable competitions and conferences.

For additional information about Kent State Stark Department of Music events, call 330-244-5151. Posted April 25, 2011

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Kent State University Post Office Contract Unit Celebrates Anniversary with Food and Freebies

The United States Post Office Contract Unit, located in the lower level of the Kent Student Center, celebrates its 10th anniversary on April 29, 2011. Come visit the post office and celebrate with them from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Cyber Café in the Kent Student Center.

The Contract Unit, which is operated by the Kent Student Center, offers nearly all of the same services as a traditional post office, including Priority, Express and international mail, as well as money orders, media mail and flat rate options. The non-traditional business hours the unit offers make it a convenient, hassle-free alternative for many of Kent's student, staff and faculty members. The celebration will include free post cards with complimentary mailing (while supplies last), plus cake and punch.

For more information, contact Jennifer Gunnoe at 330-672-8175. Posted April 25, 2011

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Documentary Research Team to Recount Experiences April 26

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The subjects of the documentary pose for the camera.

Vilma Seeberg, Ph.D.,an associate professor in the College of Education, Health and Human Services, will present "Guanlan's Sisters: A Family Journey" on April 26 at noon in White Hall. The seven members of the China Girls Education Team will then discuss the research that went into producing the film about the state of education of girls in China.

The documentary recently aired on local PBS stations.

The talk is presented by the Gerald H. Read Center for International and Intercultural Education.

For more information, contact Seeberg at 330-672-0604. Posted April 25, 2011

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Sign Up Now for Free Tickets to Motivational Seminar Slated for May 11

Beginning April 25, the Center for Student Involvement will offer free tickets to an exciting motivational seminar in Cleveland! The seminar will be on Wednesday, May 11, from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena. These tickets are normally priced $100, so grab them while you can! Only 250 tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit this link for more information about the event and the speakers:

For more information, contact the Center for Student Involvement at 330-672-2480. Posted April 25, 2011

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