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Difference Matters: Communicating Gender Author Dr. Brenda J. Allen to Speak at Kent State Kiva

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Professor of Communication and author
Brenda J. Allen, Ph.D., will discuss the
importance of negotiation on Oct. 3, at
the Kent Student Center Kiva.

The importance of negotiation will be the focus of a presentation by Brenda J. Allen, Ph.D., on Monday, Oct. 3, from 3 – 4:30 p.m. at the Kent Student Center Kiva. Allen is a professor of communication and associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver.

In her presentation titled, “Toward More Successful Communication and Negotiation,” Allen will discuss the critical role negotiation plays in our lives and in academia. She will describe negotiation scenarios in academia, delineate steps for principled negotiation processes and present communication techniques for successful negotiations. The event is free and open to members of the Kent State University community.

Allen’s area of expertise is in organizational communication, diversity, group communication, teamwork and self-empowerment. She has several publications, including her groundbreaking book, “Difference Matters: Communicating Social Identity.” Allen serves as master mentor of the tenure track faculty mentoring program at University of Colorado Denver.

Allen is from Youngstown, Ohio, and is an alumna of Case Western Reserve University’s Flora Stone Mather College for Women.

The program is presented by the Kent State IDEAL (Institutions Developing Excellence in Academic Leadership) Project, a National Science Foundation-funded project to encourage career advancement of women and under-represented groups in science and technology.

Event sponsors include Kent State’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the Office of the Provost, Faculty Professional Development Center and the Women’s Center.

For more information about the event, contact Mary Louise Holly at or 330-672-1919.

Posted Oct. 3, 2011

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Get Screened at National Depression Screening Day on Oct. 6

National Depression Screening Day will be held on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will take place on the 2nd floor mezzanine of the Kent Student Center and is open to all students, faculty and staff, as well as the larger Kent community.

As part of the free screening, participants have the opportunity to complete a questionnaire, which screens for depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Participants will also have the opportunity to talk to a clinician in the mental health field to review their results and discuss any concerns they may have. If necessary, appropriate referrals can be made and participants can also pick up information on depression and other mental health issues for themselves or for someone they may be concerned about.

Students participating are eligible to enter a raffle for two $250 scholarships sponsored by University Health Services on the Kent campus. Students can also attend the event on the Stark campus at the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation Counseling Center located on the lower level of the Campus Center.

National Depression Screening Day is co-sponsored by Psychological Services, University Health Services and Active Minds @ Kent State University. In order to promote this important outreach effort and to encourage student participation, food and other giveaways will be available. All are invited to participate.

For more information, contact Psychological Services at 330-672-2487 or either one of the co-coordinators, Dr. John Schell at or Dr. Carrie Berta at

Posted Oct. 3, 2011

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Student Accessibility Services Marks disAbility Awareness Month

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A variety of events are lined up to mark
disAbility Awareness Month this October.

Student Accessibility Services proudly invites the campus and surrounding community to join in celebrating disAbility Awareness Month this October. The word disability is intentionally spelled with a lowercase letter ‘d’ and a capital letter ‘A’ to emphasize ability.

Events for the month include “Dogs on Campus” on Thursday, Oct. 6, which will be held in conjunction with the National Depression Screening Day on the second floor of the Kent Student Center, and Thursday, Oct. 20, from noon to 1 p.m., in the main lobby of the Student Center. Dogs will be available for petting and general stress relief both days.

On Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m., Bruce Jenner, 1976 Olympic gold medalist, will be the keynote speaker in the Kent Student Center Ballroom, addressing his struggles with Dyslexia and how that struggle caused him to “outwork other people” and eventually achieve great success.

Closing the month’s events, the movie “The King’s Speech” will be shown at the Kent Student Center Kiva on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. The movie chronicles a critical time in the life of King George VI of England who struggled with a debilitating speech impediment until he encountered an unorthodox speech therapist.

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Sue Smith at

Posted Sept. 29, 2011

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Actor Craig Robinson Performs at Kent State
Oct. 6

Actor and stand-up comedian Craig Robinson, known for his roles in The Office, Knocked-Up, Pineapple Express and Hot Tub Time Machine, will perform stand-up comedy on Thursday, Oct. 6, at the Kent Student Center Ballroom. Doors will be open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 for the general public and $10 for students.

The event is organized by the Undergraduate Student Government.

Posted Oct. 3, 2011

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David Eisenhower to speak at Kent State at Tuscarawas

Renowned author David Eisenhower will be the featured speaker at Kent State University at Tuscarawas on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m., in the Founders Hall auditorium. Sponsored by the Voices of Distinction Series, Eisenhower will present “A Memoir of Life with Dwight D. Eisenhower.”

Although admission to the presentation is free, tickets are required and will be available while supplies last at the main office in Founders Hall beginning Oct. 5. 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.

The grandson of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, David Eisenhower authored the critically acclaimed Going Home To Glory: A Memoir of Life with Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961-1969, with his wife Julie Nixon Eisenhower. David Eisenhower also wrote Eisenhower at War: 1943-1945, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1987.

David Eisenhower is the director of the Institute for Public Service at the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. He was educated at Philips Exeter Academy, Amherst College and George Washington University Law School.

David and Julie are the parents of three adult children and live in suburban Philadelphia. David is the son of John and Barbara Eisenhower, and Julie is the daughter of former President Richard Nixon and his wife, Pat.

For more information, contact Pam Patacca at 330-308-7473.

Posted Oct. 3, 2011

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Nationally Recognized Art Fair’s “Best of 2011” Travels to Kent State

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Hand-dyed rayon yarn by artist and
Kent State alum Rumana Hawa is part
of "The Best of 2011" exhibit on display
later this month.

The Kent State School of Art Gallery will be kicking off the Ohio Designer Craftsmen’s “The Best of 2011” exhibit with a 5 p.m. reception on Oct. 13. The exhibit, which runs from Oct. 11 through Nov. 11, features specialty work in ceramics, fiber, jewelry, wood, metal, glass and mixed media by artists across the nation. This year’s juror is Paula Owen who is the president of the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, Texas.

“As juror for ‘The Best of 2011,’ presented by Ohio Designer Craftsmen, I was delighted to discover many works that exceeded my horizon of expectation,” notes Owen. “In these selections, you will find many works that are visually compelling and some that also express complicated ideas, such as empathy for the human condition, the nature of authenticity or our shared existential predicament. Each is equally valid, but the range of the artist’s intentions is vast.”

“The diverse mix of materials, methods, styles and points of view in this exhibition reminds us all of our own individuality and the artist’s restless and eternal quest to express it,” she concludes.

Ohio Designer Craftsmen (ODC) was founded in 1964 and aims to engage communities in high-quality exhibitions, education programs and the professional development of fine craft artists. ODC is a non-profit organization with a membership of approximately 2,000. The organization produces four craft shows and eight exhibitions every year. The shows follow themes and feature craftworks by artists from all over the world. The exhibitions travel regionally, nationally and even internationally to promote the fine art crafts to the most diverse audience possible.

In 1993, the organization opened the Ohio Craft Museum that offers tours, partnership opportunities with local schools and workshops for community members to learn more about fine crafting.

For more information about Ohio Designer Craftsmen, visit Call 614-486-7119 for information regarding membership and craft fairs, or call 614-486-4402 for information regarding the Ohio Craft Museum and educational programs.
Visit for more information about Kent State’s School of Art Galleries. The School of Art Gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the Art Building and is open 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

Posted Oct. 3, 2011

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School of Theatre and Dance Kicks Off Season with The Crucible

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A scene from the play The Crucible.

Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance kicks off its 2011/2012 season with Arthur Miller’s parable to 1950s McCarthyism, The Crucible, directed by Assistant Professor Mark Monday. It runs from Oct. 7 – 16, in Wright-Curtis Theatre in the Music and Speech Building at 1325 Theatre Dr. Tickets can be purchased by calling 330-672-2497 or visiting the website at

The Crucible ties American culture of the early ‘50s into a dramatization of the Salem Witch Trials of the late 1600s. After a group of young girls is found dancing in the woods and one falls into a coma-like state, whispers of witchery take over the town. The situation quickly spirals out of control when one of the girls accuses her ex-lover’s wife of witchcraft, causing the villagers to turn on each other. The four-act tragedy was written in 1953 when the height of communist paranoia hit the United States. Senator Joseph McCarthy led an anti-Communism campaign that encouraged those accused of favoring un-American activities to confess to allegations regardless of the truth. The play’s underlying themes include intolerance, hysteria and reputation.

The Crucible, in essence, is a study in the pain of individual guilt and the seduction of power in society — especially in a theocratic one. It is also a play which concerns the ease in which humans betray our own values, which we deem essential,” says Monday.

Shows run Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. The box office is open weekdays from noon – 5 p.m., and one hour prior to each performance. For tickets or more information, call 330-672-2497. The box office accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, checks and cash. Tickets are $8 for students, $14 for faculty, staff and alumni association members, $12 for seniors (60+) and $16 for adults. Groups of 10 or more are $7 per person. On Wednesday, Oct. 12, Kent State students can receive 500 Flash Perk points by attending this performance.

The Crucible is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

The School of Theatre and Dance 2011/2012 season will also feature A Chorus Line, Nov. 4-13: Dance ’11 Parallel + Intersect, Dec. 2-4; Ragtime, Feb. 17-26; the Student Theatre Festival, April 5-7; B.F.A. Senior Dance Concert, March 1-3; Student Dance Festival, March 4; Kent Dance Ensemble: Break Out! March 30- April 1; and Nathan the Wise, April 13 – 22.

For more information, visit the School of Theatre and Dance website.

Posted Oct. 3, 2011

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Kent State Hosts Sixth Annual Entrepreneurship Extravaganza on Oct. 6

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A panel of speakers is shown at last year's
Entrepreneurship Extravaganza. This year's event is
themed "The Big Bang: Create Your Universe."

Kent State University’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation will host its sixth annual Entrepreneurship Extravaganza on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This year’s event carries the theme “The Big Bang: Create Your Universe” and will include a workshop, panel discussions, speakers and networking based on common business ideas. Held in the Kent Student Center Kiva, Entrepreneurship Extravaganza is free and open to the community and to all students.

Starting at 9 a.m., Entrepreneurship Extravaganza opens with the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour, a program of young entrepreneurs who will share their stories and business lessons. One of the featured speakers from the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour will be Lauren Berger, CEO of Intern Queen Inc., an online internship destination that helps students find and apply for internships while also educating them on how to make the most of their experiences. BusinessWeek magazine named Berger number 5 on its annual “25 Under 25” list of America’s top young entrepreneurs. Bert Gervais will serve as moderator. Gervais, also known as “The Mentor Guy,” is one of America's most in-demand professional speakers. He is a national bestselling author, speaker and award-winning entrepreneur.

At 11 a.m., a panel of Kent State students and recent alumni will present the Student Entrepreneur Panel.

“Attendees of this year’s event will hear fresh perspectives on entrepreneurship and innovation,” says Julie Messing, director for the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation at Kent State. “We’ll also discuss the development of business ideas based on strengths and passions as well as the principles of success.”

At noon, the event moves to the Kent Student Center Ballroom for “Lunch with an Entrepreneur.” Participants will enjoy lunch along with roundtable discussions with local entrepreneurs.

All participants in this year’s Entrepreneurship Extravaganza will receive a complimentary entrepreneurial took kit. All events are free and open to the public, however, registration is requested by Monday, Oct. 3. To register or view a full schedule of events, visit For more information, contact Kent State’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation at 330-672-9430 or

Posted Oct. 3, 2011

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Syndicated Columnist Gives an Insider’s Perspective on Happenings in the Middle East

Recent Arab uprisings in the Middle East raise questions about the region’s stability and future. The editor-at-large for the Beirut-based Daily Star and internationally syndicated columnist and author, Rami Khouri will engage Cleveland-area audiences in a discussion and dialogue about those events when he gives two free, public talks as the guest speaker in the new series, sponsored by the Northeast Ohio Consortium for Middle East Studies (NOUCMES).

Khouri is the newly formed consortium’s first speaker in a series of talks by intellectuals and promising young scholars from top research universities in the U.S. The speakers plan to address several themes: Muslim Voices and Publics, Women in the Muslim World and Muslim Societies in Transition.

The public has two opportunities to hear Khouri give two different talks: “Did we miss it? Journalism, Academic Research and the Arab Uprisings,” at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4, in Franklin Hall at Kent State University and “Understanding the Causes and Consequences of the World’s Newest Species-Free, Democratic and Sovereign Arabs,” at noon, Wednesday, Oct. 5, in Breen Center for the Performing Arts at St. Ignatius High School, 2008 W. 30th St., in Cleveland. The Kent State University School of Journalism and Mass Communication and College of Communication and Information are event partners for the speaker series. The Oct. 4 event is also supported by Kent State’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Khouri, the director of the Issam Fares Institute of Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, is the son of Nazarene journalist George Khouri. The elder Khouri was covering the United Nations when his son was born in New York City in 1947. Khouri has Palestinian-Jordanian and U.S. citizenship.

Following in his father’s career path, Khouri launched his journalism career as a reporter for the Daily Star in 1971. During the 1970s, he continued writing as a columnist for Middle East Sketch magazine and Middle East Money. He became editor-in-chief, a position he held two times, for the Jordan Times.

Cleveland-area higher education institutions—Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, Kent State University and Oberlin College—began to see a need for educational forums to understand the complicated issues affecting the Middle East and to understand the cultural, economic, political and social influences that interplay in the dynamics of its problems and solutions.

The consortium leaders include: Pete W. Moore, Department of Political Science, Case Western Reserve University; Neda A. Zawahri, Department of Political Science Cleveland State University; Joshua Stacher, Department of Political Science, Kent State University; and Zeinab Abul-Magd, Department of History, Oberlin College.

With financial support from the Social Science Research Council, and in partnership with Civic Commons, Ideastream and the City Club of Cleveland, NOUCMES will host Khouri and other speakers in a series of public addresses and community discussion events titled, “New Perspectives on Muslim and Middle Eastern Societies.”

Registration is required for both events. Click here to register for the Kent State talk. For the City Club of Cleveland forum at St. Ignatius High School, click here to register.

Posted Oct. 3, 2011

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