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Annual Celebrating College Teaching Conference Takes Place Oct. 27-28

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Associate Professor Kimberly Peer addresses the audience
at last year's Celebrating Teaching Conference. Peer is the
Conference Planning Committee chair.

The 18th annual Celebrating College Teaching Conference takes place Oct. 27 and 28 at the Kent Student Center. New this year is a pre-conference workshop, “The Next Generation of Support for Distance Learning at Kent State,” at Moulton Hall on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 1:30 – 4 p.m. The pre-conference workshop will explore different roles in online teaching.

This year, the conference features internationally recognized speakers, including Dr. David L. Katz, a board certified specialist in both internal medicine and preventive medicine/public health and adjunct professor at the Yale University School of Medicine; Associate Professor Tim Moore, Dean Emeritus, College of Arts and Sciences at Kent State; and Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Kent State John (Jack) Gargan.

The conference opens on Thursday, Oct. 27, with the Read Distinguished Lecture, “Feet, Forks and the Fate of Our Species,” delivered by Katz at 7 p.m., in the Kent Student Center Kiva.

On Friday, Oct. 28, the conference continues at 8:30 a.m. with the Provost’s continental breakfast, followed by refereed round tables, invited round tables, a panel discussion on assessment and evaluation of teaching and learning with related round tables, poster displays, the President’s Luncheon and Glenn W. Frank Lecture. The conference culminates with a dessert reception at 2:30 p.m., to honor recipients of the Distinguished Teaching Awards and the Outstanding Teaching Awards and other awards that celebrate teaching excellence at Kent State.

Moore will present the Glenn W. Frank Lecture, “The Four Pillars of Advising and Teaching,” and Gargan will host the Emeritus Round Table, “The Relevance of Military Paradigms for Contemporary Higher Education.”

Celebrating 18 years of relevance, the annual conference on college teaching focuses on the four pillars of a Kent State undergraduate curriculum — knowledge, insight, responsibility and engagement.

All events are free and open to the public. However, registration is required for the breakfast and luncheon. To register, click here.

For more information about the conference, contact Kim Peer at 330-672-0231 or

Posted Oct. 24, 2011

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The King’s Speech Movie Showing Closes Out disAbility Awareness Month

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The movie The King's Speech will be
shown at the Kent Student Center Kiva
on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m.

Closing the events for disAbility Awareness Month, 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 unconventional speech therapist. The movie showing is free and open to the public.

Posted Oct. 24, 2011

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Kent State’s Pilliod Lecture Series to Feature Westfield Insurance CEO on Nov. 2

As part of its successful Pilliod Lecture Series, Kent State University will feature Westfield Insurance Group’s Chief Executive Officer James R. Clay to speak on significant issues that affect both academic and business communities on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at
4:30 p.m. in Room 215 of the Business Administration Building. The event is free and open to the public.

“Jim Clay is CEO of one of Ohio’s largest insurance companies,” says Leo Plante, Goodyear Executive Professor at Kent State. “His lecture provides an excellent way for Kent State students and the public to learn about the insurance industry and its career opportunities.”

Over the course of 30 years, Clay was involved in various senior leadership roles at Westfield Insurance before assuming his current role in 2011. Prior to joining Westfield in 1980, he worked in banking and was active in various political campaigns.

Clay received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio State University and has held various industry and business related board positions, including those with the Insurance Information Institute, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and IBM’s North American Insurance Advisory Council. He also recently became a board member for the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America.

The lecture series is named for Charles J. Pilliod, retired chairman of the board and CEO of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. During Pilliod’s tenure at Goodyear, he was instrumental in the creation of the Goodyear Executive Professorship at Kent State, in addition to other educational initiatives. The Pilliod lectures, which have brought in a number of distinguished speakers since 1983, are free, open to the public and presented on campus at Kent State.

For more information on the Pilliod Lecture Series, contact Kent State’s College of Business Administration at 330-672-2772 or visit

Posted Oct. 24, 2011

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Passport Fair Takes Place at Kent State University on Nov. 16

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Attendees can apply for a passport at the Passport Fair
on Nov. 16, at the Kent Student Center.

May I see your passport, please?

Whether you’re studying in Switzerland, having spring break in Cancun, gambling in Windsor or backpacking in Europe, if you are planning to travel out of the country, this may become a familiar question for you.

Kent State’s Office of Global Education, Department of Mail Services and the United States Postal Service are partnering to hold a Passport Fair on Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Kent Student Center Main Floor. The Passport Fair is part of activities marking International Education Week, taking place Nov. 14-19. Attendees can avoid the drive to Akron, Cleveland, Canton or Youngstown to apply for a passport, and accomplish this task right here on campus.

Did you know that if you are traveling to Mexico or Canada, you will now need a passport card? You also need a passport book for any other country you are planning on visiting.

For passport application processing during the fair, bring the following:

  • Passport application form DS-11 unsigned (available at fair)
  • Certified (with seal) copy of birth certificate
  • Driver’s license or proof of identity
  • Two checks or money orders for passport fees
  • One recent color photograph (2” x 2”) or we’ll take your passport photo while you wait (fee is $15)
Passport fees are as follows:

U.S. Passport Book for First-Time Applicants and Minors
  • Adults (age 16 and over):
    Passport fee (payable to the Department of State): $110
    Acceptance fee (payable to U.S. Postal Service): $25
  • Minors (under age 16)Passport fee (payable to the Department of State): $80
    Acceptance fee (payable to U.S. Postal Service): $25

    To expedite the passport books: $182.72 for adults and $152.72 for a minor.

U.S. Passport Card for First-Time Applicants and Minors
  • Adults (age 16 and over):
    Passport Fee (Payable to Department of State): $30
    Acceptance Fee (payable to U.S. Postal Service): $25
  • Minors (Under age 16)
    Passport Fee (Payable to Department of State): $15
    Acceptance Fee (payable to U.S. Postal Service): $25

Posted Oct. 24, 2011

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UNC Researcher Presents at Kent State College of Public Health Speaker Series

Kent State University’s College of Public Health presents the first speaker in its Public Health Speaker Series this fall semester. Dr. Ed Baker, research professor at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, will present “Managing the Public Health Enterprise: Preparing the Workforce for Change” at the Moulton Hall Ballroom on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at noon. The event is free and open to the public.

Baker’s research interests range from occupational diseases to administration issues in public health. The majority of his research highlights the significance of developing and investing in the public health infrastructure.

The talk will also be streamed live at and available afterward on the Kent State College of Public Health website at

Posted Oct. 24, 2011

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Di Tsvey Duo to Perform Jewish Klezmer Music at Kent State University at Stark

Kent State University at Stark Music Department presents a concert by Di Tsvey – The Greenman/Rushefsky Duo on Saturday,
Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Main Hall Auditorium, 6000 Frank Avenue NW in Jackson Township. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Di Tsvey – The Greenman/Rushefsky Duo features the traditional pairing of the violin and tsimbl, the Jewish hammered dulcimer, as rendered by two of the world’s leading masters of secular Jewish music. The duo, Steven Greenman on violin and Pete Rushefsky on tsimbl, perform traditional music, as well as new compositions rooted in the klezmer tradition. The playful and delicate interaction of the instruments will mesmerize the audience, as they are transported to 19th- and early-20th-century-Europe, enjoying virtuosic showpieces for the Jewish wedding table, lively dance music and soulful melodies.

Greenman is recognized internationally as one of the finest practitioners, composers and teachers of traditional East European Jewish klezmer violin music. He produced his original Jewish and klezmer compositions for the CDs Stempenyu’s Dream and Stempenyu’s Neshome and co-produced Khevrisa-European Klezmer Music. He co-founded the Khevrisa Ensemble and performs internationally with numerous klezmer ensembles, in addition to teaching klezmer music at various festivals and master classes. Greenman is also an accomplished performer of Hungarian nota, Romanian lautari music and urban East European Gypsy music. He has been a guest soloist with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the Canton Symphony and the Akron Symphony.

Rushefsky is a leading revivalist of the tsimbl or traditional klezmer hammered dulcimer. The string instrument, which is played like a xylophone, uses more than 100 strings to create a mystical, harp-like sonority. Rushefsky performs with some of the finest practitioners of traditional klezmer music. His new release with singer/pianist Rebecca Kaplan is titled On the Paths: Yiddish Songs With Tsimbl. Rushefsky won much critical acclaim for his CD with violinist Elie Rosenblatt, titled Tsimbl un Fidl: Klezmer Music for Hammered Dulcimer and Violin, and he appears on Greenman’s CD, Stempenyu’s Dream. He has performed at numerous North American and European venues. A popular instructor of klezmer, he also authored a pioneering instructional book on adapting the American five-string banjo for klezmer. Rushefsky is currently executive director of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, a New York not-for-profit dedicated to preserving and nurturing the performing arts traditions of immigrant and ethnic communities.

For more information, contact the Music Department at 330-244-5151. To view a list of Kent State Stark’s music events and learn more about the music program, visit

Posted Oct. 24, 2011

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Kenyan Tribeswoman Speaks About Overcoming Educational Barriers at Kent State East Liverpool

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Alice Lasoi, chair of the Fund for the
Education of Women in Africa, will speak
about her experiences overcoming
educational barriers on Oct. 27, at Kent
State East Liverpool.

Alice Lasoi, a Maasai tribeswoman from Kenya and chair of the Fund for the Education of Women in Africa (FEWA), will speak at Kent State University at East Liverpool about education for Maasai women in Africa.The program is free and open to the public.

Lasoi will discuss her own experiences and those of other women when she presents a talk, “Overcoming Barriers to Education as a Maasai Woman in Africa,” on Thursday,
Oct. 27, at 6:30 p.m. She will speak in the videoconferencing room in the Mary Patterson Building at Kent State East Liverpool, East 4th Street, East Liverpool.

Lasoi whose culture in Kenya privileges males, did not dream that she would become an inspiration to other Maasai women. Yet her example and the funds she raises help her tribeswomen to gain an education. The community-based organization, FEWA, raises money to pay for Kenyan girls’ education and to encourage girls to stay in school.

Lasoi’s education has been hard earned. She was married by her family to an older man for a dowry of six cows, and found herself in an abusive relationship. After a severe beating, she left her husband and returned to her parent’s home where she miscarried her fourth child. Lasoi petitioned the tribal council for a divorce, which was finally granted after four years.

To achieve a better life, Lasoi returned to school. She began her day’s work by milking cows at 5:30, carrying 30 gallons of water on her back from a river three miles away, preparing breakfast for 19, and then walking the two miles to school two hours before classes began so that she could complete her homework.

Handmade jewelry and artwork will be on sale at the program. Sales benefit FEWA. Donations for women’s education can also be made on the organization website at

Lasoi’s visit is sponsored by Kent State East Liverpool’s Diversity Committee, the Office of the Dean and the Women’s Studies Program at Kent State East Liverpool.

Posted Oct. 24, 2011

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Library Live Fall 2011: An Information and Resources Conference

Library Live is a one-day conference that offers participants the opportunity for hands-on learning and information about resources and services offered by Kent State University Libraries. Workshops designed to highlight library resources and services will be offered throughout the day. For more information about Library Live, including the schedule of events and session descriptions, visit

Where: University Library, Kent Campus
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 2
Time: 9 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Advanced registration is required and the deadline is Oct. 28.

To register, please visit

Posted Oct. 24, 2011

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Halloween Comes Early to Kent State University

The Student Recreation and Wellness Center and Ice Arena at Kent State University will be celebrating Halloween with their annual event, Haunted wRECk, on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Haunted wRECk
is a free trick-or-treat costume party designed for children 12 and under and includes nine themed areas to explore and collect candy.

The festive night starts with Halloween crafts and a scary photo booth. Participants may park at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center parking lot for free from 5 – 9 p.m. Ghoul guides will then escort guests through a spooky tour of each area. Visitors can hitch a ride on the Spooky Express to the Ice Arena to hear the rest of the story and for the Greeks, Ghouls and Goblins Pit Stop. The pit stop is part of a combined effort with Kent State’s fraternities and sororities to provide a safe environment for children to trick-to-treat.

Each Greek chapter will decorate a car in the parking lot and participants will collect candy when visiting each one. After the final decorated area at the Ice Arena, visitors are welcome to stay for free food and ice-skating.

On the ride back to the recreation center, participants are invited to judge a staff decorating competition by voting for their favorite themed area.

While there is no fee for this event, nonperishable food items would be greatly appreciated. All donations will be given to the United Way.

For more information about the event, visit

Posted Oct. 24, 2011

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