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Help Kent State Achieve Its United Way Campaign Goal

Support the local community where we work by participating in a fundraising event

Kent State continues with fundraising activities and events to support the United Way of Portage County. Below is a list of events and activities that you can participate in:

Five Guys Burgers and Fries Fundraiser
On Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 5-9 p.m., the Division for Business and Finance will hold a United Way fundraiser in conjunction with Five Guys Burgers and Fries in Kent. Patrons who eat at the restaurant in Kent and present a coupon sheet will have 33 percent of the total cost of their food donated to the United Way of Portage County.

Garage Sale
The Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs will be holding its United Way Garage Sale on Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in Room 306 of the Kent Student Center. Silent auction items will also be available. The division is soliciting donations of gently used items. Donations can be dropped off from now through Nov. 14 at the following locations: The welcome desk at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center; Room 119, Twin Towers; Room 250 Kent Student Center; and Room 257 Schwartz Center.

For more information about the garage sale, contact Barb Boltz at 330-672-1306 or Jeanette Jones at 330-672-0506.

Corn Hole Tournament
The Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs will host its Corn Hole Tournament on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 4 p.m., at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. The single-elimination tournament will involve a round of the best of three games. As many as 64 teams will be allowed to participate. The cost to participate is $50 per team, and is open to faculty, staff, students and affiliates of the university. All proceeds benefit the United Way.

To register, visit By registering, each team member will receive official tournament T-shirts. For more information, contact Barb Boltz at

The Honors College Candy Bar Sale
The Honors College is holding a candy bar sale to support Kent State’s United Way campaign. Hershey’s and M&M/Mars candy bars are on sale for a dollar at the Honors College office located on the lower level of Stopher/Johnson Halls during regular office hours. All proceeds benefit the United Way. For more information about the candy bar sale, contact Judy Yasenosky at 330-672-2312.

For Kent State’s United Way campaign calendar of events, visit

Posted Nov. 7, 2011

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Director of New York's Tobacco Control Program to Speak at Kent State University

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Dr. Jeffery Willet, director of New York's
Tobacco Control Program, will speak at
Kent State on Nov. 14.

Kent State University’s College of Public Health presents the second speaker in its Public Health Speaker Series this fall semester.

Dr. Jeffrey Willett is a research scientist with the New York State Department of Health and also the director of New York's Tobacco Control Program.

Willet will speak at the Moulton Hall Ballroom, on Monday, Nov. 14, at noon. His talk titled, “Tobacco Use: A Winnable Battle for Public Health,” will focus on the development of tobacco use as the leading cause of preventable death in the United States over the last century, and the tremendous health and economic impacts of tobacco use in our society. He will also address interventions that reduce tobacco use, specifically those used by the New York Tobacco Control Program.

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

The event is free and open to the public.

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The Kent State Orchestra Continues Series With a Collection of TV and Movie Themes

Director Liza Grossman will lead the audience through a roller coaster ride of media music nostalgia

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Director Liza Grossman conducts the Kent State University
Orchestra in Cartwright Hall.

The Kent State University Hugh A. Glauser School of Music’s Orchestra will continue its season with a concert led by Orchestra Director Liza Grossman at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13, in University Auditorium in Cartwright Hall.

The orchestra’s performance list will feature an assortment of media favorites, beginning with scores from iconic movies* and tunes from classic cartoons. The concert will then end with an array of TV themes, including those from Bewitched and The Cosby Show. The audience will hear everything from Pyscho’s eerie shower murder scene, to one of Tom and Jerry’s lighter kitchen chases, all while watching video clips.

“The Kent State Orchestra will be performing the music of TV themes, movie scores and cartoons, all with film,” says Grossman. “Come and relax on a Sunday evening with us as we explore the music of media and the importance it has in our culture.”

Parking is off Terrace Drive and is free. Tickets are available at the door for $10 per person, Kent State students will be admitted free with ID. Acceptable methods of payment are cash or check only.
For more information, please visit or call the concert hotline at 330-672-3609.

*Some content including the video clips from Psycho (shower murder scene) and King Kong (violence) may not be suitable for children under 12.

The entire performance lists is as follows:

King Kong (1933) – Max Steiner (1888-1971)
Jonny Quest – Hoyt Curtin (1922-2000)
Psycho – Bernard Herrmann (1911-1975)
Flintstones/Jetsons Medley – Hoyt Curtin arranged by Peter C. Mowrey
Herstory from The Animaniacs –Steve Bernstein (b. 1958)
Vernal Ritual from Freakazoid!– Julie Bernstein (b. 1957)
Evil Cousins from Freakazoid! – Julie Bernstein
Tom and Jerry (Kitchen Chase) – Julie and Steve Bernstein
Hawaii Five-O - Morton Stevens (1929 – 1991)
The Tonight Show, starring Johnny Carson – Paul Anka (b. 1941)

Black and White TV Medley:
The Three Stooges and The Addams Family - Mischa Bakaleinkoff (1890-1960), Leave it to Beaver - David Kahn (1910 –2008), Bewitched - Jack Keller (1936-2005), Dick Van Dyke - Earle Hagen (1919-2008), I Love Lucy - Elliot Daniel (1908-1997), My Three Sons - Frank DeVol (1911-1999), I Dream of Jeannie -Hugo Montenegro (1925-1981), The Munsters - Jack Marshall (1921-1973) The Cosby Show, season two– Quincy Jones (b. 1933) Spiderman Movie Soundtrack – Danny Elfman (b. 1953)

Posted Nov. 7, 2011

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African Community Theatre Presents Comedy Folklore Play, Stagolee

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Stagolee is a lively uproarious story about the comic
episodes of a modern-day black folk hero.

The African Community Theatre of Kent State University presents its first production of the 2011-2012 season with the performance of the comedy folktale, Stagolee, by Ed Smith. The performances will be held at the Ritchie Hall Theatre on Nov. 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m. Sunday performances begin at 3 p.m.

Stagolee is a lively uproarious story about the comic episodes of a modern-day black folk hero who is “the baddest black man that ever lived.” This classic African-American folk tale explodes with the cultural dynamism of the black experience. The richness of the culture is uniquely revealed through the telling of the story, through music, dance, poetry and humor.

The director of the play is Associate Professor Fran Dorsey, who has been with the African Community Theatre since 1979. Performers in the play are from Northeast Ohio, including Akron, Cleveland and Kent.

Tickets are $7 for students and senior citizens. General admission is $10.

For more information and reservations, call 330-672-2300 or 330-672-0151.

Posted Nov. 7, 2011

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Kent State Opera Presents Fall Opera Scenes, Life Lessons, or Opera 101

Light-hearted lessons of life and love are presented through a survey of familiar operas

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The Fall Opera Scenes includes a cast of students
from Kent State's School of Music and School of Theatre
and Dance.

The Kent State School of Music and School of Theatre and Dance present their Fall Opera Scenes titled, Life Lessons, or Opera 101, directed by Eric van Baars and conducted by Kerry Glann at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 19 and 20, in Wright-Curtis Theatre, Music and Speech Building. Free parking is available. Tickets for the show are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students. The event is free for Kent State University students with ID. Call 330-672-2485 for advance reservations.

The program includes selections from The Mikado, Candide, Die Zauberflote, Fidelio, L'elisir d'amore, Les contes d'Hoffmann, Die Fledermaus, Don Giovanni, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Ballad of Baby Doe and Le nozze di Figaro. The cast includes 21 students from the School of Music and the School of Theatre and Dance.

Van Baars is an associate professor in the School of Theatre and Dance, where he teaches Movement and Acting. He has directed productions of Oklahoma, The Diviners, Lysistrata, On The Verge, Honk!, The Wild Party and A New Brain. He serves as assistant artistic director at Porthouse Theatre, where he has directed Pump Boys and Dinettes and Dames at Sea and choreography for Once On This Island, Big River, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and The Fantasticks. On the Porthouse stage, he has appeared in The Music Man (Harold Hill), The Odd Couple (Felix) Anything Goes (Lord Evelyn), Sweet Charity (Oscar), Jesus Christ Superstar (Herod), Guys and Dolls (Benny) and Oklahoma! (Will Parker). As a choreographer/director, he’s worked at Halle Theater, St. Louis Rep, Connecticut Rep, Berea Summer Theatre, Weathervane Playhouse and Cain Park. His performance credits include Walnut Street Theatre, GEVA, Theatre Virginia, Radio City Music Hall, St. Louis Rep, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Cherry County Playhouse and Cincinnati Playhouse, as well as National and International tours. He is a member of the Actors Equity Association and the Society of Directors and Choreographers.

Glann is an associate professor in the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music, where he conducts the Kent State University Men's and Women’s choruses, serves as director of Opera and teaches courses in choral music education. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree in choral conducting from Kent State University. The Choruses, under his direction, have performed at the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) Professional Development Conference and with the Canton Symphony Orchestra. Prior to coming to Kent State, he taught vocal music in public schools for five years.

Since 1996, Glann has served as musical director and conductor for The Huron Playhouse, a professional-grade nonprofit summer theatre located in Huron, Ohio. Recent conducting credits include Beguiled Again: The Songs of Rodgers & Hart, A Little Night Music and The King & I at The Huron Playhouse, Trial by Jury with Kent State Opera, I Pagliacci and Il Tabarro for Opera Per Tutti and Kiss Me, Kate, at the Solon Center for the Arts. He is also director of music at the United Church of Christ of Kent.

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Through Our Lenses: CCI Students Document Their Education Abroad

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Lauren May, broadcast journalism major, took this photo
during her education abroad experience in Shanghai, China.

A juried photo exhibit spotlighting education-abroad students in the College of Communication and Information is now on display in the Kent State University Library.

Exhibit photos will hang in the quiet study area of the library behind the circulation desk, as well as in the computer lab area near the reference desk throughout the year. The student photographers, along with family and guests, will celebrate the exhibit’s opening at a reception on Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Quiet Study Area on the first floor of the Kent State University Library.

Forty remarkable photos were selected to provide a glimpse of how College of Communication and Information education-abroad students see the world. Included are images from all over Europe and Asia.

“These photographs, all taken by College of Communication and Information students while studying abroad, show just a fraction of the depth of talent our students possess and the range of experiences they’ve had around the world,” says Deborah Davis, coordinator of international programs for the college.

To see more of the college’s education-abroad students’ work and to learn more about our programs, visit

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Kent State Stark to Host Award-Winning Journalist Peter Bergen

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Kent State University at Stark hosts
Peter Bergen on Nov. 14.

Kent State University at Stark invites the community to hear renowned journalist Peter Bergen’s presentation of Obama’s War. The second event of the popular Featured Speakers Series will take place on Monday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Timken Great Hall, located in The University Center at Kent State Stark, 6000 Frank Avenue NW in Jackson Township.

Tickets are required for this free Featured Speakers Series lecture. Tickets may be obtained by visiting the Kent State Stark Information Desk in Main Hall, while supplies last. A limit of four tickets will be distributed per person. Phone reservations will not be accepted.

Peter Bergen is an internationally renowned print and television journalist, an award-winning film producer and the best-selling author of The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict Between America and Al-Qaeda. He has worked as a correspondent for National Geographic Television, Discovery Television and CNN. While at CNN, he produced Osama bin Laden’s first television interview, marking the first time he declared war against the United States to a Western audience. As one of the foremost authorities on the war on terrorism, Bergen has reported on al-Qaeda, Afghanistan, Pakistan, homeland security and threats in Mid-Eastern countries for numerous newspapers, magazines and broadcasting stations, in addition to testifying before several congressional committees.

For more information about Kent State Stark’s Featured Speakers Series, contact Cynthia Williams at 330-244-3262 or or visit

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PNC Wagon Wheel Challenge: Support the Golden Flashes on Nov. 11 and 12

A new competition, the PNC Wagon Wheel Challenge, pits Kent State against The University of Akron in a series of sports challenges that further expands an intercollegiate athletics rivalry dating back more than a half-century between both schools.

On Friday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m., the Golden Flashes will play The University of Akron in a volleyball match that takes place at Kent State. There will also be a football game on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m., at The University of Akron’s InfoCision Stadium. Kent State fans, including faculty and staff, are encouraged to show support for the Golden Flashes by attending these games.

The PNC Wagon Wheel Challenge is based on a time-honored competition for the historic wooden Wagon Wheel Trophy awarded originally in 1945 to the winner of the annual Akron-Kent State football game. For the 2011-2012 academic year, the PNC-sponsored rivalry will broaden the competition to include 15 NCAA varsity sports, with victories in each sport adding one point to the challenge standings.

“PNC’s new athletic challenge will spark more excitement in a broad range of sports between these rival schools,” says Kevin O. Thompson, PNC regional president for Akron, Canton and Wooster. “By showcasing the talents of student-athletes, we will further engage alumni and the community to support our schools.”

In keeping with tradition, the annual winner of the football contest will gain possession of the historic wooden Wagon Wheel trophy, while the school that accumulates the most total points in all varsity matchups for that academic year will receive an overall series trophy.

“College athletics is built on strong rivalries, and we're fortunate to have one of the closest in the country with Akron,” says Kent State Director of Athletics Joel Nielsen. “We're very appreciative of PNC’s support of the Wagon Wheel Challenge – this model has worked very well with other schools and it can only help grow this rivalry and make it even stronger.”

For more information about the PNC Wagon Wheel Challenge, including a full game schedule, the scoring system and more, visit

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